Maybe this is different during weekday afternoon hours, but is it such a bad thing that there are programs for kids and adults alike? Other municipalities are taking similar steps. All players using designated NYC Parks courts must affiliate with SPORTIME as an associate/non-member, and complete a waiver, prior to play. NEW YORK (WABC) -- For those in the New York City area looking to get out this weekend, you now have the option of going to tennis clubs that can reopen. It hosted what is now known as the US Open Grand Slam tournament for over 60 years before it was moved to the National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY in 1978. Visit our Tennis at NYC Parks page to purchase or renew your permit, to reserve a court, or to find more information about our tennis program. Julie state wide phase 1 tennis was permitted over a month ago in mid May. But that is about all you can do. 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Now RCTA has used undue influence with Riverside Park “administrator” John Herrold who helped begin this boondoggle of privatization back in the late 1990’s. The tennis announcement comes just days after anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Commack, demanding the reopening of New York. Most of the money that isn’t poured into maintaining the courts (and there’s no way the Parks department would or should devote that much to maintaining clay courts) have been used to support summer camp scholarships to make their camp (sadly not happening this summer) accessible to lots of kids who couldn’t otherwise afford it. Still closed: playground equipment, exercise equipment, pools and athletic fields. Thank you for seeing this story for what it represents, The Riverside clay courts aren’t the only ones to open early: the courts in Prospect Park, Crotona Park, Cunningham Park and Randall’s Island all opened LAST week. Is the purpose of a public facility to generate half a million dollars annually for a private company that is neither accountable nor transparent? NYC Playgrounds Will Reopen Monday With "Social Distancing Ambassadors" By Ben Yakas June 18, 2020 11:43 a.m. ... Gothamist is a website about New … Reached by phone on Monday, McIntyre told THE CITY two top leaders at the conservancy, Garodnick and John Herrold, asked the Parks Department if the courts could reopen. Wow so much unpleasantness. Parks Commissioner Gordon Davis, a former basketball player at … All other tennis courts will be available on a first come, first served basis. Safe to say that if the tables were turned, those ... tennis courts, handball courts, bocce courts … Help improve your child's educational development by learning how we can bring the benefits of tennis to your child's school. NYC Parks is making important service changes. The city’s tennis, pickleball and basketball courts are open for public use effective Monday, as are bike polo, skate park and bocce facilities. All rights reserved. As far as Health Concerns… why is Hope not complaining about State managed courts and private ones? But I can’t walk to the courts…so no water for you! That makes a ton of sense! Be happy we are getting to do some fun things again. ... "Beginning (Wednesday) New York State court system judges and chambers staff, along with designated clerks and support staff, in … The earlier the better, I say – why the hell would anyone complain? In either case these facilities don’t have to rely on assistance from the city and were, presumably, able to use their own manpower to get their courts ready for play. The volleyball courts at Rudy and Kain county parks also have been closed, Walters said. It would be helpful to know who Mr. or Mrs. or Ms. McIntyre is — the person who seems to have frustrated a few Upper West Siders. Babylon Village To Reopen Outdoor Tennis Courts This Weekend - Babylon Village, NY - The courts will be open for outdoor play while still following guidelines to … Ten of its 20 courts (or 50 percent of available courts when courts are out of service for maintenance, repairs, etc.) Their request was granted, McIntyre said. So yeah, I’ll wait it out for a few extra days. The City will also reopen dog runs for public use. The people there are almost family. To make reservations for designated NYC Parks courts, you must call in advance. Hope logic at its finest! In addition, the courts at Riverbank State Park have been open for several weeks (full disclosure, I’ve been playing there!). “If I can’t have it, no one should!” – Hope. Should the Executive Director of that company be making more money than teachers, EMS workers, police and fire fighters by exploiting a public parks facility for a purpose contrary to the use contract with the Parks Dept.? Please call the individual courts for more information on lessons. We are now closed & will return for a promising 2021 tennis season. ... Fresh Meadows, NY 11366. courts within walking distance of my home and almost without fail I get to play at least 2 – 3 hours at a time, sometimes more if I’m up to it. There are A reserved court is forfeited if the reserving player has not arrived by 10 minutes past the start time. It’s honestly pretty absurd that it’s taking this long for the public courts to reopen, considering tennis is one of the safest leisure activities right now. If you’re too poor to afford AC at home, when summer school is over, or when cinema tickets became too expensive, these courts provided a safe haven for adolescents. Victor Hanson Community Center (Rochdale Park), Lucille Ferrier Tennis Courts (Dyker Beach Park), Morris Avenue between E. 151 and E. 153 Streets. Warm wishes to you and your family for a safe and wonderful holiday season. “I’m astonished anybody would say that.”. The Sportime Tennis Center is a concession offering 5 indoor hard courts, 5 indoor/outdoor hard courts, and 10 indoor/outdoor clay courts. Adult Programs. “I say these courts do plenty for the public” – what on earth should they “do” other than be a facility for tennis players with park permits? That’s my problem with how they’re run. are available to NYC Parks Tennis Permit holders during the outdoor permit season. NYC Parks is also reopening dog runs, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, handball courts and bocce courts. Karin Proell, 75, of The Grand 70s, a women' s tennis team for women over 70, plays during a South Bay Marine League tennis match at Live Oak Park in Manhattan Beach on March 15, 2019. 25 years may just have something to do with my passion for news – global, national, state and local. Also, it’s my understanding that all play on public courts will be free for the remainder of the 2020 season. But I digress – I did mention the Riverbank State Park Courts in my conversation with the reporter. But he has revitalized a jewel that offers all New Yorkers the opportunity to play on red clay, and take lessons to improve their game at a cost that is cheaper than what would be paid at a private club. Our courts are as varied as our city: some are quiet, some are very busy. It was reconsidered and giving special prrmittance to restart statewide a few weeks ago. The wheels of justice turn slowly as upstate New York courts get green light to reopen. The point is RCTA received special consideration by City Hall. Some players at other courts are frustrated about having to wait when the Riverside Courts are already open, they told The City news site. Sidelined tennis players are calling “fault” on the city Parks Department, whose courts will remain padlocked through July 6 even as it allows privately managed courts on its property to reopen. And by the way, there are dozens of people who have gone up to Mark over the years and expressed their frustration that courts are not available for walk on play because of all the programs. I play there semi-regularly as a walk on player and don’t remember seeing more than 2 courts at a time being used for lessons/groups. insult or make fun of me. New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak, has reported 184,417 cases and 19,789 deaths, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. On another note, it’s also ridiculous that the courts at Riverbank State Park reopened when NYS entered Phase 1 many weeks ago – despite the fact that NYC was still weeks away from entering its Phase 1, with tennis categorized under Phase 3 no less. Those courts are all run by concessions while the Riverside clay courts are managed by a non-profit organization affiliated with the Riverside Park Conservancy. Yes, I’d be really bent out of shape that another set of courts did a great job in getting their act together to open and that I’d have to wait a whole 7 days to play, when I’ve already been waiting for nearly 4 months! Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park is operated through a license agreement with the New York City Parks Department. So basically the fact that all NYC courts are still closed in on DeBlasio not have his act together as usual. Some are clay courts, and some are hard courts. I think this lockdown has really brought out a lot of petty nastyness in people. Tennis was only phase 3 when phases were first announced. Mark’s response to every one of those people has been consistent: “If you don’t like the way I run things, don’t play here.”. who play regularly at Riverside would be pretty bent out Follow our permit rules, wear smooth-sole tennis shoes, and use a maximum of six tennis balls on each court. Are you disputing Mark’s own revenue numbers? At opening a few days ago, half of them remain unusable because the clay has not set and the lines have not been nailed down. Hope should maybe read a paper every now and then and maybe WestSideRag might want to point these facts out for thorough reporting. For more information, visit the Sportime Randall's Island tennis page . Nothing I said should be construed to be against “walking on” to play on red clay courts. One Set of UWS Tennis Courts Has Reopened, Before Others in the City, https://www.westsiderag.com/2018/06/15/local-players-say-public-riverside-park-tennis-courts-are-monopolized-for-private-lessons, Pupper West Side: Sebastian Scales High Peaks, Enjoys Urban Wildlife, Trump Sign Defaced Again With ‘Final Days’ Message, Borough President Says Shoppers Should Stay Alert After Trader Joe’s Theft. Re: Mark’s salary this is what several people have been told Off the record by several current and former board members. Tennis courts are expected to start opening next Monday, but one set of courts on the Upper West Side got a head start. So I am happy that courts which should never have been closed in the first place are re-opening. Look at the RCTA website. Yes, if I were a tennis player anywhere else in the city’s five boroughs I too would be outraged at preferential treatment being given to RCTA. Andrew M. Cuomo’s COVID-19 “pause order” begins to lift. “If the city has determined that the reopening for tennis courts falls under Phase 3, then that should be applicable to all public courts,” said Hope, a 63-year-old tennis player from Washington Heights who asked that her last name not be used. Courts will be open by Friday, May 15 for singles play and one-on-one City-led instruction with safety guidelines in place. The Central Park courts are still listed as closed on the Parks Department website. For all the negative naysayers out there: the community that tends to these courts have provided a safe environment for inner city kids during summer months. The Riverside Clay Tennis Association, which has 10 courts in Riverside Park around West 96th Street, opened on Monday. Great job by the 96th Staff to get these courts playable and open a week early. Not surprised the city is all over the place because it’s the city! After his vitriolic takedown of the RCTA as the absolute epitome of corruption and slagging off its executive director, Mark McIntyre, in his comment above, “Jim” seemed to be enjoying himself immensely on court 9 on those very same clay courts this morning. The courts are available for public use, but are privately managed and offer lessons. I don’t get why some people think that opening some of the city’s tennis courts early is a bad thing. And be proud that Manhattan even has outdoor red clay courts. So Hope is mad that one set of courts is actually open a week ahead of time? It’s easy to become a tennis player in New York City—you can purchase a tennis permit and reserve a court online! I’m in complete agreement with McIntyre:: the staff has self policed themselves to ensure distancing and the players were wearing face masks in compliance when I was there on day 3. I’ve been told that Mark earns six figures to run RCTA, and actually hired a well-salaried assistant to do the work that he used to do. They have up to a dozen “teaching pros” on staff. For more information, please visit our Service Announcements page. Their lessons are also the most affordably priced in manhattan and i do believe they give away some free lessons to kids too. Tennis at NYC Parks. The Riverside Clay Tennis Association, which has 10 courts in Riverside Park around West 96th Street, opened on Monday. Courts that offer lessons are identified. New York City is on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on Monday, July 6, announced Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday. See reply to Johnny above. A few tennis courts will offer limited advance reservations. Central Park is currently open for lessons only, on the four hard courts (the clay courts there are operated by the Parks Dept.). NOTE: Only smooth-soled tennis shoes are allowed on the tennis courts. The plan allows for tennis and pickleball courts to reopen as the State moves into Stage 2 of its roadmap. The courts are available for public use, but are privately managed and offer lessons. Once the City enters Phase 3 of reopening, New Yorkers will be able to enjoy soccer fields and basketball, tennis, volleyball, bocce, and handball courts. Previously, I had never done so in my life. NY Tennis at Central Park. But the idea that RCTA could finagle its way into opening a week prior to other city courts is symptomatic of a larger corruption issue and boondoggle in which RCTA has long been embroiled. One protester held a … Kudos to Mark. When the State moves into Stage 3, City playgrounds can reopen. Oh, so nice to be insulted by a stranger. Tennis courts are expected to start opening next Monday, but one set of courts on the Upper West Side got a head start. New York Daily News | May 13, 2020 at 6:55 PM . I don’t know Well, I think we can agree that Tennis being Phase 3 is ridiculous, but that is a separate issue. Visit our Tennis at NYC Parks page to purchase or renew your permit, to reserve a court, or to find more information about our tennis program. A few parks offer opportunities to play tennis indoors. Western New York is cleared to begin its coronavirus comeback, Gov. By Denis Slattery. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Nail salons and other personal care services, including spas, tanning salons and tattoo parlors are back in business in New York City as Phase 3 started Monday. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, as he announced the addition of two outside experts … It would be easily solved if RCTA or Mark would simply disclose the salaries – which they refuse to do. Indoor tennis does not require an NYC Parks tennis permit, has special pricing, schedules, and hours of play, and may be used after tennis season has ended. Let me start by saying I am a tennis addict and the red clay courts were my home for many years. If you have already purchased a permit, it will remain valid through 2021. Is it such a shame that people can walk on – for free this year, mind you – to play on red clay courts? We hope you will join us again next year and thank you for your continued support. Again look at the website and see the extent to which money making programs are the priority. To call the red clay courts “privately managed” is a very nice way of saying that the courts are used for private profit, contrary both to good public policy and to their own contract with the city. It appears that many of the outdoor tennis courts across Long Island — public and private — will reopen on Friday, the day that Gov. No Exceptions. The fact that I worked for a prestigious newspaper for Really bring something more to the table than your fondness for Mark and gratitude that there are red clay tennis courts. Find out more about our additional safety precautions, program cancellations, and potential closures before you head to a park or recreation center. Most courts are open from 8:00 a.m. to dusk, except at Central Park where courts open at 7:00 a.m. and Randall's Island where courts open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 11:00 p.m. Before heading to a court, make sure that you’ve read our rules and regulations. If any numbers are incorrect/not working or if any addresses are wrong, please call (212) 360-8245. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, full-season and single-play tennis permits are not required for the 2020 season. “Is it such a bad thing that there are programs for kids and adults alike?” That depends. “I don’t see how that’s unfair,” McIntyre said when informed of the complaints. That there are programs for kids and adults alike? ” that depends wide 1. The table than your fondness for Mark and gratitude that there are programs for kids and adults alike ”. 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