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  • Petitioning robert.mclean

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New York City Parks Dept.

NYC Parks Dept.: Resurface East River Tennis Courts

    1. Joseph Hanania
    2. Petition by

      Joseph Hanania

      New York, NY

The East River Tennis courts on the Lower East Side are in lamentable condition. Court 1 features a filled in trench which runs the length of the playing area. Most other courts have cracks which are feet long, tripping players and affecting the direction in which the ball bounces.  A couple of courts also have dead spots; two back courts have manhole covers by the base line; and court #5 floods regularly. After decades of neglect, the courts have been repeatedly patched over, but need a complete resurfacing. Also, swing gates between the three rows of courts, like the swing gate at the entrance, would help minimize balls from straying and disrupting games The courts also have no night lights.  This is curious since prime time for the courts, when they are all in use, is 6 p.m., after work.  The sun sets soon afterwards, making the courts unplayable  The adjoining football field, on the other hand, has powerful new lights which remain on until 10:30 pm.  Why the difference?  The tennis courts should also have benches for layovers. The cranks on the metal posts holding up the netting are broken, resulting in sagging nets, particularly on court #9, whose netting is also torn.  These courts, which require an expensive city permit to get on, contrast greatly with well maintained courts in other parts of Manhattan, including the free courts by the George Washington Bridge and the free courts on the Hudson River at Canal St. (which also have night lights). They also contrast greatly with paid permit courts on Riverside Drive and in Central Park.  In short, these courts are third world courts in an otherwise first class city.  A top to bottom upgrade and resurfacing over this fall/winter is way overdue.




robert.mclean, New York City Parks Dept.
Resurface East River Tennis Courts

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. First Article On Renovation of East River Courts In the Villager

      Joseph Hanania
      Petition Organizer

      Our first article on the need to renovate the courts has hit print. Also, we have gotten about 70 signatures on a paper petition available at the courts. Boosting the number of signatures is important, so if you have any tennis friends who would also sign the petition, it would help. Thanks, and here is the link to the article. http://thevillager.com/2013/08/29/activist-is-set-to-serve-parks-with-petition-on-tennis-courts/

      Activist is set to serve Parks with petition on tennis courts

      BY CLARISS-JAN LIM | Despite the recent completion of years of renovation work in East River Park, the park's tennis courts have been left neglected. Most of the courts have several-foot-long cracks on their surfaces - some even streching across the length of the court - with vegetation growing in the cracks.

    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Martín Davicino ARGENTINA
      • 2 months ago

      Because I love playing tennis in NYC every time I go and the courts are not in good conditions.

      • 2 months ago

      Every year I go for the US Open and these are the tennis courts where I play during my stays in NYC. Thanks

    • Joseph Mathew NEW YORK, NY
      • 2 months ago

      I play there at least once a week but most of the courts are unusable and in terrible shape.

    • Oggie Ganchev NEW YORK, NY
      • 4 months ago

      I pay my dues each year and play on these very courts on a regular basis. Resurfacing the courts, installing lights, and changing the nets is the right course of action the city officials can take if they were to serve the people living in this community.

    • Wayne Blair LILBURN, GA
      • 6 months ago

      tennis courts are too neglected and always crowded. it's not like they are not being used!


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