Tennis Center: C96
Season: Open April 6 through November
Hours: The Tennis Center is open daily from 7:00am to dusk
Requirements: Permits needed. All players must have season or single-play (one time use) permits. Permits are issued from the last week in March and are good for use until the end of the season.
Single-play permits are good for one hour of tennis each day in any borough. For doubles play, permits are good for two hours of tennis each day in any borough.
Cost of Permits: Season Permits
Adults (ages 18-61): $100 •
Senior Citizens (age 62 and over): $20
Juniors (ages 17 and under): $10 •
Single Play Permits: $5 for any individual, can be purchased at the Arsenal or at courts when open.
Permit Office: (212) 360-8133
Nowhere else in the city can New Yorkers experience the exhilaration of a great game of outdoor tennis than at Central Park’s Tennis Center. This facility accommodates 26 clay and four asphalt courts, which are considered some of the best and well-tended in the City.
Tennis was first permitted in Central Park in 1884, on a meadow at the location of the current courts. Park purists did not agree with this decision, but the sport of tennis quickly became very popular in the US and so the meadow was eventually paved in 1911 and in 1930 a tennis house was built.
Today, these fenced-in tennis courts are in great demand. The original tennis house now offers tennis players and visitor's thirst quenching drinks and snacks along with a shop that sells athletic gear. There is also a sitting area outside of the tennis house offering a great place to spend some time as a spectator watching the game.