Save the 12 East River Tennis Courts!"
PLEASE DISREGARD THE VICTORY SIGN AT TOP. THIS IS NOT ASSURED. Incredibly, we may lose the dozen East River tennis courts in 2017. Not that we don't need them. This threat came after the city budgeted $500,000 to resurface the courts - after which we declared victory. And last fall park authorities put up new nets and brought the rest rooms back on line. But… The East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, intended to keep the East River from flooding the Lower East Side, is now looking to use the tennis courts as a site for an underground tank, according to Steve Simon, chief of Staff for the Parks Department, Manhattan. This plan was confirmed by Carrie Grassi, senior policy advisor for Mayor DeBlasio. Only after the courts have been torn up to install the tank will the courts be put back in place. The resiliency work is slated to start in 2017. However, plans to install the tank have not yet been finalized, with other alternatives being considered. So now is the time to push back - especially considering the negative health impact on city residents who use the courts as a primary source of recreation. And if we do nothing? At the end of 2017, we may lose our courts - indefinitely.