Central Park Tennis Bubble Plan Could Rise from the Dead
by Avi - June 30, 2010 at 1:59 pm -
Landmark West is once again raising the alarm about the possibility of vinyl bubbles being put over the Central Park tennis courts at 96th Street, even though the parks department scrapped its plan to install the bubble because of community opposition. They point to an interview that Park Commissioner Adrian Benepe did with TV station NY1, in which he said that the proposal could comeback if they can get electricity to the bubble without using generators. They also say the Central Park Conservancy needs to be pressured to take a stand against the bubbles, instead of staying silent.
But the generators were only one of the community’s problems with the bubbles, which would stick out like a sore thumb in the middle of the park, and create a rich-person’s enclave around the courts, critics charge. The city says the bubbles would allow people to play tennis in winter, when few do, and bring in revenue. Landmark West wants to keep up the pressure on the city and add to the signature on the petition it started to stop the bubbles.