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Tennis anyone?

The tennis season at public courts run by the city starts the first Saturday in April and continues to the third Sunday of November.

The city requires permits for their always-in-demand courts, so some patience, determination and will to play is needed to actually get out there and play. All players must have permits or single-play (one-time use) tickets.

To get info on obtaining tennis permits, the Parks Department refers calls to:
-Bronx (718) 430-1840
-Brooklyn (718) 965-8914 or (718) 965-8941 or (718) 965-8913
-Manhattan (212) 360-8131
-Queens (718) 263-4121
-Staten Island (718) 390-8000

Also note that most courts don't take reservations -- courts are awarded on a first-come, first-service basis. The only courts to take reservations are those in Central Park and Prospect Park. Even these are tricky. Reservation tickets must be purchased in advance -- either by mail or in person at the following locations, where permits also can be purchased:

Bronx
Ranaqua
1 Bronx River Parkway
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Brooklyn
Litchfield Villa
95 Prospect Park West at Fifth Street
Monday - Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Manhattan
The Arsenal
830 Fifth Ave. at 64th Street.
Monday - Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Saturday (April -June) 9 a.m.-noon

Queens
Lost Battalion Hall
93-29 Queens Boulevard
Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Staten Island
Green Belt Recreation Center
501 Brielle Avenue
Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

You can also purchase tickets at:

Central Park Court Reservations
Central Park: 96th St. and Central Park West
(212) 280-0205

Prospect Park Tennis Center
Parade Ground, Corner of Coney Island and Parkside Avenues
(718) 436-2500

PUBLIC OUTDOOR TENNIS COURTS

Bronx

Bronx Park
Bronx Park East and Brady Ave.
Tel: (718) 430-1821
6 Hard Courts

Crotona Park
E. 173d St. and Crotona Ave.
Tel: (718) 294-2516
20 Hard Courts

Haffen Park
Hammersley, Ely and Gunther Aves.
Tel: (718) 379-8347
6 Hard Courts

Pelham Bay Park
Bruckner Blvd. and Middletown Rd.
Tel: (718) 885-3442
10 Hard Courts

Seton Park
W. 232nd to 235th St., Palisade and Independence Aves.
Tel: (718) 822-4317
6 Hard Courts

St. James Park
Jerome Ave. and E. 193d St.
Tel: (718) 822-4271
8 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

St. Mary's Park
E. 145 St. and St. Ann's Ave.
Tel: (718) 402-5161
2 Hard Courts

Van Cortlandt Park
Stadium - W. 242nd St. and Broadway
Tel: (718) 549-6494
10 Hard Courts

Van Cortlandt Park
Woodlawn, W. 233rd St. and Jerome Ave.
Tel: (718) 549-6494
8 Clay Courts

Williamsbridge Oval
E. 208th St. and Bainbridge Ave.
Tel: (718) 654-1851
8 Hard Courts

Orchard Beach
1 Orchard Beach Road
Tel: (718) 885-3247
4 Hard Courts

BROOKLYN

Bensonhurst Park
Cropsey Ave. and Bay Pkwy.
Tel: (718) 946-5048
8 Hard Courts

Breakpoint Tennis Center
9000 Bay Pkwy. (off Belt Pkwy.)
Tel: (718) 372-6878
8 Hard Courts

Decatur Playground
Decatur bet. Summer and Lewis Aves.
Tel: (718) 493-7612
1 Hard Court

Dyker Beach Park
8th Street side of the park at the Bay, near Cropsey Avenue
Tel: (718) 259-4016
9 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Ft. Greene Park
DeKalb and S. Portland Aves.
Tel: (718) 722-3218
6 Hard Courts

Friends Field>br>Ave. L and East 4th St.
Tel: (718) 965-6502
2 Hard Courts

Jackie Robinson
Malcolm X. Blvd. and Chauncey St.
Tel: (718) 493-7612
4 Hard Courts

J.J. Carty
95 Street and Fort Hamilton Pkwy.
Tel: (718) 439-4296
10 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Joseph T. McGuire Park
Avenue W and Bergen
3 Hard Courts

Kaiser Playground
Neptune Ave. and W. 25th St.
Tel: (718) 946-1350
12 Hard Courts

Kelly Playground
Ave. S and E.14th St.
Tel: (718) 946-1373
7 courts

Leif Ericson Park
8th Ave. and 66th St.
Tel: (718) 259-4016
9 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Lincoln Terrace Park
Buffalo and Rochester Aves.
Tel: (718) 804-7077
11 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Linden Playground
Linden Blvd. and Vermont St.
Tel: (718) 927-2059
8 Hard Courts

Lucille Ferrier-Bay
8th St. and Cropsey Ave.
Tel: (718) 259-4016
9 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Manhattan Beach
Oriental Blvd.
Tel: (718) 946-1373
6 Hard Courts

Marine Park
Fillmore Ave. and Stuart St.
Tel: (718) 376-1675
15 Hard Courts

McCarren Park
North 13th Street
Between Bedford and Berry
Tel: (718) 963-0830
7 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

McDonald Avenue Playground
McDonald Ave. and Ave. S
Tel: (718) 946-1373
7 Hard Courts

McKinley Park
7th Ave. and 75th St.
Tel: (718) 259-4016
8 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

One Van Voorhes Park
Pacific, Congress and Hicks Streets
Tel: (718) 722-3213
2 Hard Courts

Prospect Park Tennis Center
Parkside Ave at the Parade Ground
Mailing address: 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tel: (718) 436-2500
10 Hard Courts
Lessons, leagues, and indoor tennis

Shore Road Playground
Shore Rd. and 95th St.
Tel: (718) 259-4016
4 Hard Courts

MANHATTAN

Central Park
93d St. near West Drive
Tel: (212) 280-0205
30 courts: 4 Hard, 26 Fast Dry
Lessons Offered

East River Park
At Broome St.
Tel: No phones at the courts, but call (212) 529-7185 to speak with someone in the track building.
12 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Fort Washington Park
Hudson River at 170th St.
Tel: (212) 304-2322
10 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Frederick Johnson Playground
151st St. east of 7th Ave.
Tel: (212) 234-9609
8 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Inwood Park
207th St. and Seaman Ave.
Tel: (212) 304-2381
9 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Randalls Island
East and Harlem Rivers
Tel: (212) 860-1827
11 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Riverside Park
Riverside Drive and W. 96th St.
Tel: (212) 978-0277
10 Clay Courts

Riverside Park
Riverside Drive and W. 119th St.
Tel: (212) 978-0277
10 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

QUEENS

Alley Pond Park
Grand Central Parkway and Winchester Blvd.
Tel: (718) 264-2600
16 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Astoria Park
21st St. and Hoyt Ave.
Tel: (718) 626-8622
14 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Baisley Park
155th St. and 118th Ave.
Tel: (718) 520-5314
4 Hard Courts

Baisley South
N. Conduit Ave. and 150th St.
Tel: (718) 520-5314
4 Hard Courts

Broad Channel Park
Crossbay Blvd. and E. 16-E. 18 Rds
Tel: (718) 318-4000
2 Hard Courts

Brookville Park
Brookville Blvd. and Southern Pkwy.
Tel: (718) 978-5702
6 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Crocheron Park
215th Place and 33rd Ave.
Tel: (718) 225-2620
10 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Cunningham Park
Union Tpk. and 193rd St.
Tel: (718) 740-6800
20 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Det. Keith L. Williams Park
Liberty Ave. and 173rd St.
Tel: (718) 520-6912
10 Hard Courts

Edgemere Park
Alameda Ave. bet. B. 51 st and B. 54th Sts., Far Rockaway
No Phone
4 Hard Courts

Flushing Fields Memorial
149th St. and 25th Ave.
Tel: (718) 461-3695
8 Hard Courts

Forest Park
Park Lane South and 89th St.
Tel: (718) 846-4946
14 Hard Courts

Highland Park- Lower Playground
Elton St. and Jamaica Ave.
(718) 326-2877
13 Hard Courts

Juniper Valley Park
62nd Ave. and 80th St.
(718) 326-2877
8 Hard Courts
Lessons Offered

Kissena Park
Rose and Oak Aves.
Tel: (718) 978-5702
12 Courts: 4 Hard, 8 Fast Dry
Lessons Offered

Louis Pasteur Park
52 Ave. and Marathon Pkwy.
No Phone
2 Hard Courts

Michaelis Bayswater Park
32nd St. and Dickens Ave.
Tel: (718) 318-4020
6 Hard Courts

Maurice Park
Maurice Ave., LIE Service Rd. Westbound
Tel: (718) 326-2877
2 Hard Courts

Police Officer Edwrd Byrne Park
North Conduit Ave. and 134-135 Street
No Phone
4 Hard Courts

Rockaway Community Park
Beach 64th St. and Beach 54th St.
Tel: (718) 318-4000
2 Hard Courts

Roy Wilkins Park
Merrick Blvd. and 119 Ave.
(718) 276-8690
4 Hard Courts

Springfield Park
147 Ave. and Springfield Ave.
Tel: (718) 723-6156
2 Hard Courts

St. Albans Park
Merrick Blvd. and 172nd St.
Tel: (718) 478-1364
2 Hard Courts

USTA National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
(718) 760-6200
22 Hard Outdoor Courts(9 indoor courts and 3 stadium courts also available)
Lessons offered

Victor Hanson Community Center
Guy Brewer Blvd. and 134th Ave.
Tel: (718) 978-1536
6 Hard Courts

World's Fair Playground
Grand Central Pkwy. and 62 Dr.
No Phone
1 Hard Court

STATEN ISLAND

Staten Island Outdoor Tennis Courts
Skyline Park
Arnold St. and Prospect Ave.
Tel: (718) 390-8000
2 All Weather Courts

Silver Lake Park
Hart Blvd. and Revere St.
Tel: (718) 390-8000
4 All Weather Courts

Walker Park
Bard Ave. and Delafield Place
Tel: (718) 390-8000
6 All Weather Courts

Willowbrook Park
Richmond Ave. and Eton Place
Tel: (718) 390-8000
6 All Weather Courts

Wolfes Pond Park
Cornelia Ave. off of Highland Blvd.
2 All Weather Courts
Tel: (718) 390-8000

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