Tennis Center Improvements
Since 2003, Prospect Park Alliance has operated the Prospect Park Tennis Center, bringing affordable and accessible, high-quality tennis to the Brooklyn community. In this time, the Alliance has made significant improvements: reconstructing the courts, building a clubhouse and creating new programs such as Special Aces, which provides tennis instruction for children with special needs.
Last year, the City of New York renewed its concession agreement with the Alliance, and we are more committed than ever to providing our community with access to affordable tennis year round. In that spirit, the Alliance is creating two all-season fabric structures, and we are excited to share these plans with you. The benefits of installing all-season structures are many, as outlined here in our FAQ. Please note that the new structures will not affect our longtime arrangement with the City to offer NYC Parks permitted tennis play during daytime hours in the summer months, and we are committed to continuing to offer accessible tennis play throughout the year.
What are “all-season” structures?
“All season” structures are light-weight fabric structures that will cover the courts year-round. There will be two separate structures: one covering each side of the courts and connected to the clubhouse. They will look very similar in shape and size to the seasonal bubbles that are currently installed each year. The structures will have garage-like doors on each end that can be opened during the warmer months to ventilate the space and provide air circulation.
Will permitted daytime play still be allowed in the summer?
Absolutely. Once the structures are built, daytime play with an NYC Parks Permit will continue as always from late spring to early fall. An added bonus of the all-season structures is that once they are built there will be an additional two weeks of daytime permitted play.
What are the benefits of permanent structures?
Are there any other improvements taking place besides building the new structures?
Yes! The clubhouse will be getting some updates. The revolving doors leading to the structures will be removed and replaced with new glass doors, increasing the visibility of the courts from inside the clubhouse and making the courts ADA accessible. Other clubhouse improvements such as refinishing the floor, building a new front desk, and painting the interiors will be a part of this project.
Along with these improvements, the Alliance will also update our online registration system. New software will make it much easier for players to access their accounts, book courts and register for programs.
What is the cost and timeline for construction?
The all-season fabric structures will cost $5.5 million to build and construct on site. We are currently presenting the design to the various City agencies that need to review and approve this project, and hope to construct the new structures in 2022. As we finish this process, we look forward to updating our community on the timeline, and appreciate your support. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.