As far as Health Concerns… why is Hope not complaining about State managed courts and private ones? The courts are available for public use, but are privately managed and offer lessons. Re: Mark’s salary this is what several people have been told Off the record by several current and former board members. “I don’t see how that’s unfair,” McIntyre said when informed of the complaints. There are Copyright 2011-2020 West Side Rag. New York City's 522 municipal tennis courts opened for the outdoor season at 8 A.M. yesterday. The point is RCTA received special consideration by City Hall. Mark McIntyre’s response in the article is typical of him: “I don’t see how that’s unfair.” Of course it’s not unfair to him as he created the situation. A few parks offer opportunities to play tennis indoors. Tennis courts are expected to start opening next Monday, but one set of courts on the Upper West Side got a head start. Courts that offer lessons are identified. Central Park is currently open for lessons only, on the four hard courts (the clay courts there are operated by the Parks Dept.). You admit to being a “semi-regular walk on player” which means you really don’t know what’s going on there except on a semi-regular walk-on sort of way. First of all the clay courts are open to everyone who wants to play so its not even a case of if we cant play they cant play. 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 … 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. 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. The earlier the better, I say – why the hell would anyone complain? 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! 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They can book massages to have the pandemic-induced stress kneaded out of their shoulders, blow off steam at tennis courts … New York City Could Reopen In June, Lawmakers Say ... Certain low risk businesses — such as outdoor tennis courts and drive-in movie theaters — will be allowed to reopen … That 2018 article is laughable. New York City playgrounds will finally reopen Monday — as the Big Apple enters Phase 2 of reopening from its coronavirus-induced closure, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. 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. 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. Nothing I said should be construed to be against “walking on” to play on red clay courts. As a former RCTA board member, I’ve seen the numbers and can assure you Mark doesn’t earn six figures. NYC Parks is also reopening dog runs, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, handball courts and bocce courts. Tennis courts are expected to start opening next Monday, but one set of courts on the Upper West Side got a head start. Ten of its 20 courts (or 50 percent of available courts when courts are out of service for maintenance, repairs, etc.) A few tennis courts will offer limited advance reservations. Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond Park is operated through a license agreement with the New York City Parks Department. Some players at other courts are frustrated about having to wait when the Riverside Courts are already open, they told The City news site. By Anne Ternus-Bellamy. Find out more about our additional safety precautions, program cancellations, and potential closures before you head to a park or recreation center. That being said, you also need to know NYC Parks Dept would gladly convert them to hard courts because red clay courts require lots of love, care and attention. “Is it such a bad thing that there are programs for kids and adults alike?” That depends. “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? Julie state wide phase 1 tennis was permitted over a month ago in mid May. I don’t get why some people think that opening some of the city’s tennis courts early is a bad thing. Still closed: playground equipment, exercise equipment, pools and athletic fields. Western New York is cleared to begin its coronavirus comeback, Gov. Tennis was only phase 3 when phases were first announced. In addition, the courts at Riverbank State Park have been open for several weeks (full disclosure, I’ve been playing there!). The people there are almost family. Court reservations are taken no more than 24 hours in advance, with a daily reservation limitation of one (1) hour for singles play, and two (2) hours for doubles play, although players may keep playing after their reserved times have ended if courts are available, upon confirming such availability with club staff. Not surprised the city is all over the place because it’s the city! “I’m astonished anybody would say that.”. New York Daily News | May 13, 2020 at 6:55 PM . Follow our permit rules, wear smooth-sole tennis shoes, and use a maximum of six tennis balls on each court. It’s easy to become a tennis player in New York City—you can purchase a tennis permit and reserve a court online! So basically the fact that all NYC courts are still closed in on DeBlasio not have his act together as usual. 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. 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. Other municipalities are taking similar steps. That makes a ton of sense! Andrew Cuomo asking that the state consider reopening courts … Are you disputing Mark’s own revenue numbers? The Sportime Tennis Center is a concession offering 5 indoor hard courts, 5 indoor/outdoor hard courts, and 10 indoor/outdoor clay courts. 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 … 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. … Andrew Cuomo said Monday, as he announced the addition of two outside experts … That’s how flush with cash RCTA is. So yeah, I’ll wait it out for a few extra days. Just the opposite. Why laughable? It would be easily solved if RCTA or Mark would simply disclose the salaries – which they refuse to do. They have up to a dozen “teaching pros” on staff. 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. Learn More. Midtown Athletic Club features world-class tennis courts, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, resort-style pools, luxurious spas, and more. And this episode shows how flush with influence they are as well. Judges will have to determine thousands of stayed pre-coronavirus cases, and … That’s my problem with how they’re run. Kudos to Mark. The Reopening of New York Courts As regions of New York State move toward reopening, so does the state’s court system. The Octagon outdoor tennis courts are scheduled to reopen on Saturday, June 20th and will be open from 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM, seven days a week, and maintained by a RIOC staff member. Also, it’s my understanding that all play on public courts will be free for the remainder of the 2020 season. That’s what their purpose is and that’s what should be the priority. 7:00am, 8:00am and 9:00am court reservations must be made by 8:00pm the night before, and reservations for courts from 10:00am on must be made no less than three (3) hours in advance. Oh, so nice to be insulted by a stranger. The City will also reopen dog runs for public use. Yes, there’s nothing stopping me from playing Well, I think we can agree that Tennis being Phase 3 is ridiculous, but that is a separate issue. But that is about all you can do. 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. 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. Just ask for financial information re: staff salaries and get ready for the big stone wall. So Hope is mad that one set of courts is actually open a week ahead of time? why it wasn’t included. When the State moves into Stage 3, City playgrounds can reopen. Early court opening, free tennis, all good in my book! Look at the RCTA website. We hope you will join us again next year and thank you for your continued support. 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. Official Website of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Activities and Facilities > Tennis Courts. If any numbers are incorrect/not working or if any addresses are wrong, please call (212) 360-8245. 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. are available to NYC Parks Tennis Permit holders during the outdoor permit season. That piece of info would help readers like me better understand the situation. Plenty of misinformation here. Tennis MLB MLS NBA NHL ... On 25 June the housing courts will reopen for business. NY Tennis at Central Park. NOTE: Only smooth-soled tennis shoes are allowed on the tennis courts. 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. 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 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. After nearly four months, New Yorkers can go to nail salons again. See reply to Johnny above. Hope should maybe read a paper every now and then and maybe WestSideRag might want to point these facts out for thorough reporting. 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. Andrew M. Cuomo’s COVID-19 “pause order” begins to lift. So I am happy that courts which should never have been closed in the first place are re-opening. Yay for the RCTA! The Riverside Clay Tennis Association, which has 10 courts in Riverside Park around West 96th Street, opened on Monday. One protester held a … The State managed ones opened **weeks** ago. 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. Personally, if I wanted to play so badly a week early, I wouldn’t mind travelling a little bit, but I guess everyone is different. Help improve your child's educational development by learning how we can bring the benefits of tennis to your child's school. Hope logic at its finest! “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. 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. Courts will be open by Friday, May 15 for singles play and one-on-one City-led instruction with safety guidelines in place. ... Fresh Meadows, NY 11366. Great job by the 96th Staff to get these courts playable and open a week early. Their lessons are also the most affordably priced in manhattan and i do believe they give away some free lessons to kids too. But I can’t walk to the courts…so no water for you! 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.”. 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. A New York county executive has been left red-faced after making a hilarious gaffe during a press conference that announced the reopening of tennis courts. ... tennis courts, handball courts, bocce courts … No thanks. (Optional) Please tell us how we can make this page more helpful.If you need a response,please use the Contact the Commissionerform instead. But I digress – I did mention the Riverbank State Park Courts in my conversation with the reporter. The Riverside Clay Tennis Association, which has 10 courts in Riverside Park around West 96th Street, opened on Monday. Please call the individual courts for more information on lessons. 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. NYC Parks is making important service changes. If you have already purchased a permit, it will remain valid through 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, full-season and single-play tennis permits are not required for the 2020 season. The city’s tennis, pickleball and basketball courts are open for public use effective Monday, as are bike polo, skate park and bocce facilities. What is the misinformation? New York City is on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on Monday, July 6, announced Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday. Thank you for seeing this story for what it represents, We are now closed & will return for a promising 2021 tennis season. Previously, I had never done so in my life. Victor Hanson Community Center (Rochdale Park), Lucille Ferrier Tennis Courts (Dyker Beach Park), Morris Avenue between E. 151 and E. 153 Streets. Is the purpose of a public facility to generate half a million dollars annually for a private company that is neither accountable nor transparent? Those courts were run perfectly well for many years before Mark decided to turn it into a money making enterprise and pay himself an exorbitant salary. The plan allows for tennis and pickleball courts to reopen as the State moves into Stage 2 of its roadmap. Again look at the website and see the extent to which money making programs are the priority. Really bring something more to the table than your fondness for Mark and gratitude that there are red clay tennis courts. 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. Mid-Hudson Valley courts to gradually reopen this week. For more information, please visit our Service Announcements page. I don’t know of shape. Welcome to The West Side Tennis Club, America’s most historic and iconic showcase for tennis.The club has been the site of some of the sport’s most memorable moments. It appears that many of the outdoor tennis courts across Long Island — public and private — will reopen on Friday, the day that Gov. The tennis announcement comes just days after anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Commack, demanding the reopening of New York. The volleyball courts at Rudy and Kain county parks also have been closed, Walters said. To make reservations for designated NYC Parks courts, you must call in advance. And be proud that Manhattan even has outdoor red clay courts. at Riverside this week – except the need to take the subway or bus to get there. Warm wishes to you and your family for a safe and wonderful holiday season. All other tennis courts will be available on a first come, first served basis. All it does is sell and promote a vast array of clinics and lessons and camps. 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 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. The wheels of justice turn slowly as upstate New York courts get green light to reopen. On Thursday the Eastern Section of the United States Tennis Association sent a letter of appeal to Gov. who play regularly at Riverside would be pretty bent out (This was all pointed out in an expose published in West Side Rag in 2018 – https://www.westsiderag.com/2018/06/15/local-players-say-public-riverside-park-tennis-courts-are-monopolized-for-private-lessons) The fact is that RCTA does not serve the public good and is not accountable to the public. Safe to say that if the tables were turned, those Play on: City’s sports courts reopen. 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. unlike other commenters who instead opted to 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. It’s never been easier to become a tennis player in New York City—you can purchase a tennis permit online for use at any outdoor tennis court during tennis season, which lasts from the first Saturday in April to the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I’m willing to bet that if the tables were turned, you wouldn’t be too happy either, especially with a long weekend coming up. By Denis Slattery. Second the rcta does a great job raising private funds from members, of which i am one, so that netting, brushes etc can be paid for. 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 fact that I worked for a prestigious newspaper for Some are clay courts, and some are hard courts. For more information, visit the Sportime Randall's Island tennis page . 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. A reserved court is forfeited if the reserving player has not arrived by 10 minutes past the start time. 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. NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced plans to reopen recreational amenities and outdoor courts in City parks. My friends and family know me to be a news junkie. Adult Programs. JUST IN: Tennis Courts, Tracks, Picnic Shelters to Reopen ARLnow.com June 3, 2020 at 2:45pm Some currently closed amenities at Arlington County parks will be reopening Friday. insult or make fun of me. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, advanced player, or just looking to work up a sweat, we have a program for you! 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.? She must be a blast at cocktail parties. The courts are available for public use, but are privately managed and offer lessons. Seems to me what really matters, especially in this unsettling moment in which we find ourselves, is that we are able to get outside and play tennis at all. Everything you say ignores the fact that these are PUBLIC tennis courts run by a private corporation that has neither transparency or accountability. “If I can’t have it, no one should!” – Hope. Is it such a shame that people can walk on – for free this year, mind you – 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. 25 years may just have something to do with my passion for news – global, national, state and local. It was reconsidered and giving special prrmittance to restart statewide a few weeks ago. RIOC has implemented an updated tennis reservation and usage system. Please check the listings below for indoor tennis locations. In real: misinformation are you disputing that the contract between RCTA and Parks does not permit these money making activities? 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. Parks Commissioner Gordon Davis, a former basketball player at … All players using designated NYC Parks courts must affiliate with SPORTIME as an associate/non-member, and complete a waiver, prior to play. Maybe this is different during weekday afternoon hours, but is it such a bad thing that there are programs for kids and adults alike? 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. Let me start by saying I am a tennis addict and the red clay courts were my home for many years. Tennis at NYC Parks. Be happy we are getting to do some fun things again. No Exceptions. ... "Beginning (Wednesday) New York State court system judges and chambers staff, along with designated clerks and support staff, in … 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. The Central Park courts are still listed as closed on the Parks Department website. Please see the below information and links to additional details: Our courts are as varied as our city: some are quiet, some are very busy. 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