The city Parks Department unveiled the newly reconstructed and renovated tennis courts at Forest Park on Friday. The improvements were possible through $1 million in funding from City Councilmembers Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).
“Thanks to [Crowley and Ulrich], who allocated $1 million, Forest Park tennis players of all ages have seven resurfaced courts to practice their serves, volleys and ground strokes,” Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said, at a press conference at the courts located near 89th Street and Park Lane South.
Besides resurfacing the courts, new nets and fencing were installed. The upgrades also included improved drainage and erosion prevention measures at the nearby hillside.
The nearly 550-acre park serves the neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Glendale, Kew Gardens and Forest Hills. Visitors can enjoy numerous recreational activities including bocce, handball and golf, as well as non-sports activities at the George Seuffert, Sr. Bandshell.
Photo Courtesy of Daniel Avilla (NYC Parks & Recreation)
Photo Caption: Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (center), Community Board 9 District Manager Mary Ann Carey (left) and City Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley (right), joined by local tennis players, cut the ribbon on the reconstructed tennis courts at Forest Park.
Photo Caption: A local tennis player practices her tennis stroke at the new courts.