Should Central Park Have a Tennis Bubble?

by - February 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm -

The NYC Parks Department wants to put a bubble over the Central Park tennis courts, making the courts cozy in the winter but also…expensive. While court access is now free during the winter to hearty players, the bubble would allow the city to charge fees to players. As we’ve reported before, the Bloomberg administration has a real affinity for fees and fines.

On Thursday night, the city will go before Community Board 7’s parks committee to discuss its plans to put a bubble over the 26 har-tru courts in the park around 93rd street from November through March. The bubble would come down in the spring and summer. The meeting is at Community Board offices, 250 West 87th Street, and it starts at 6:30 p.m. The city wouldn’t begin construction on the bubble until November 2010 (although a contractor has already been identified),  the West Side Spirit reported.

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  1. patricia schmidt says...

    “Mayor bloomberg is selling pieces of the people’s park to goldman sachs”.

    What was the original intention of creating central park? Does the city have the moral/legal right to parcel pieces of our coveted park to increase city revenues?The Parks Dept has clearly stated that this is a revenue-driven project – and has expressed little to no desire to accomodate all economic and social classes to ensure accessiblity.

    Should the indoor bubble be approved, should only the ‘rich’ have access to this facitlity that is officially city property?

    These are the questions we should all be asking ourselves.

  2. Maxine Spector says...

    I play on these courts, and sometimes on the hard courts in winter. Since we cannot use those clay courts during the winter months, what would be the harm in making them available, as long as it doesn’t impinge on the rights of those who play during the warmer months? And if it brought the city money too, is that a bad thing?

    At the present time, I don’t know if I would be able to afford to use these courts under a bubble. If I could, that would be great, since I don’t play indoors in the winter or go away for an extended time. If I cannot, there will probably be some inconvenience to me and others, but perhaps other benefits as well.

  3. George D. says...

    Having more covered tennis courts to play in the winter at reasonable rates would be great. But at $30-100 per hour it would not be affordable for most people that now use the courts in the summer.

    Placing a diesel powered generator with four large oil tanks in a public landmarked park just so that a few hundred people can play indoor for a few months is NUTS!

    Just imagine a sunny weekend day invitation : ” let’s go to the park and walk around the reservoir but please don’t look to the right and bring a gas mask”

  4. Preservation Group Fights “Elitist” Central Park Tennis Bubble : Westside Independent says...

    […] put a bubble over the tennis courts in Central Park so people could playcomfortably in winter,  much of the opposition came from recreational tennis players upset about the possibility of high fe…. But now, an Upper West Side preservationist group is fighting back, saying the bubble will create […]