These ten beautiful, well-maintained, red clay tennis courts set along the Hudson River in Riverside Park, surrounded by flower gardens and lush lawns, are public courts. They are a part of the New York City Park and Recreation public tennis court system and they are maintained and operated by the Riverside Clay Tennis Association, a non-profit affiliate of the Riverside Park Fund.
These courts are open to the public. They are free to anyone with a New York City Parks season tennis permit or a New York City Parks single play ticket. Anyone without a permit or single play ticket can pay $15 at the gate for a day pass.
Day Pass -- $15 (available at the facility)
Single Play Tickets -- $15 (good for one hour available from NYC Parks)
Season Tennis Permits (good for all public courts, available from NYC Parks)
For details about acquiring a tennis permit, go to www.nycgovparks.org/permits/tennis-permits
Most of the courts are assigned on a first-come/first-serve basis for the next available hour. Note that both players must be present on weekends to sign for the next available hour. During the 2012 season, two courts are available for advance reservations on-line for a $15 fee. See The New York City Park's secure website for details and signups.
Play is for one hour for singles. Two hours for doubles. A player may request a repeat on an unassigned court at 5 minutes past a given hour. A player who has played 30 minutes or more is a "repeater." All first-time repeaters are equally eligible for an unassigned court at 5 minutes past the hour. If one player on a court is a repeater, all players on that court are considered repeaters.
Players are required to brush their courts and clean the lines at the end of their hour. Players are encouraged to water their courts before playing.
Shoes with heals or heavy treads are not allowed on the courts. Bicycles, strollers, scooters, or wheeled bags, carriages or other wheeled items are not allowed on the courts. Players who require wheelchairs are allowed to bring them on the courts.
The above rules are designed to ensure equal and fair access to the courts for all players, to allow those who haven't played priority over those who have, and to ensure the courts are properly maintained throughout the season.