Located in the the center of Central Park, in the mid 90’s on the West Side, the Central Park Tennis Center is a public facility that has 26 Har-tru (clay) courts, 4 hard courts, a pro-shop with on-site stringing, a snack bar, and locker rooms. Professional tennis lessons are also offered on site for players of any level.
Sometime after 1910, permanent courts were built and over time they acquired backstops and fencing. By 1927, there were 30 courts (the present number) and then there were demands for a fieldhouse with lockers and showers. In 1930, the Tennis House was completed and more than 5,000 season permits for the courts, costing $2, were issued.
In the 1970’s the Central Park Conservancy and NYC Parks Department started to reexamine the park, the function, the layout along with the few permanent structures and buildings that exist in the park. The Tennis House was never part of the original design of the park. The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission gave permission to demolish the existing Tennis House in April 1986 and there were no protests at that time. Then a group of people gathered to object the plans and said that the plans for the new Tennis House would be too small and situated too far away from the courts. Due to the financial crisis of that time, the Tennis House was left standing and the plans for a new one were forgotten. Instead money was raised and donated to renovate the existing structure. The structure that you see standing today looks very much as it did 80 years ago.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player looking to improve your game, the Tennis Center is a great place to practice your skills. Its 30 outdoor courts are surrounded by the beautiful elm, black cherry, and mulberry trees of Central Park. Their popularity is such that famous tennis players Andre Agassi, Bjorn Borg, and others have also frequented these picturesque courts.
Location: Between 94th and 96th streets near West Drive
For hours, permit, lessons, groups, and summer camp information, please visit our tennis page.