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New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Dozens of city-owned tennis courts are available at public parks in all five New York boroughs, with most outdoor courts open seasonally from the first Saturday in April through the third Sunday in November. City permits must be purchased in advance for all municipal courts during the outdoor season (see below for details), and only the Central Park and Prospect Park facilities accept advance reservations. Everywhere else you’ll have to wait your turn if the courts are busy. Good choices for visitors include the following parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn:
 Central Park Tennis Center in Manhattan  
Among the city’s finest municipal outdoor facilities, with 30 courts (four asphalt and 26 clay), a pro shop, restrooms and a snack bar. Located north of the Reservoir near West 93rd Street and Central Park West.
Information: Call for more info, (212) 280-0205
 Brooklyn's Prospect Park Tennis Center 
The nine Har-Tru and two DecoTurf courts at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Tennis Center are open for outdoor play from late May through October, operating according to the rules of the regular seasonal permit system during daylight hours. Five courts are lit for evening play during the outdoor season at a cost of $30 per hour. From December through May, the courts are covered with a bubble for the winter season, with fees ranging from $24 to $60 per hour. The facility is open year-round from 7 a.m. to midnight, and court time may be reserved in advance by phone (daytime reservations for permit-holders only during the outdoor season). A new clubhouse opening in May 2006 houses lockers, a snack bar and a pro shop.
Information: Brooklyn's Prospect Park Tennis Center, (718) 436-2500
 Riverside Park on the Upper West Side  
Riverside Park on the Upper West Side has a total of 20 well-maintained courts at two separate locations -- 10 clay courts west of the Henry Hudson Parkway at 96th Street, and 10 hard courts on the east side of the parkway at 119th Street. The 96th Street courts are managed on behalf of the city parks department by the Riverside Clay Tennis Association (www.rcta.info, 212-870-3078). A separate group, the 119th Street Tennis Association (www.119ta.net, 212-870-3082), organizes events and tournaments at the hard courts.
Information: Visit the links above, (212)870-3078, (212)870-3082
 East River Park 
The only municipal tennis facility in lower Manhattan, has 12 asphalt courts located just north of Delancey Street in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge.
Information: Call for more information, (212) 529-7185
Additional Information
Outdoor municipal courts are open during daylight hours (weather permitting) from April through November, with permits required for all players at all locations. Single-use tickets must be purchased in advance for $7 per hour of play, either by mail or in person at one of six locations around the city. Season permits are available at a cost of $100 for adults, $20 for seniors or $10 for children. Permit-holders are entitled to one hour of singles tennis or two hours of doubles tennis per day in any borough. Court time may be booked up to 30 days in advance at Central Park and Prospect Park, but only if you purchase a season permit along with a $7 reservation ticket for each hour of court time you wish to reserve. Visit http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/facilities/af_tennis.html for a directory of municipal courts and a downloadable permit application form.


 


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