Monday, 9 May 2016

Upper East Siders Want to Reclaim Public Park from Private Tennis Club

Local residents will rally to reclaim Queensboro Oval under the Queensboro Bridge

For the past few decades, a park under the Queensboro Bridge, on the Manhattan side, has been used by a private tennis club, but local residents now want it back, DNAinfo reports. The city has allowed the Sutton East Tennis club to use the Queensboro Oval park, but Upper East Siders want to see the 1-acre park being restored to its original function.

Residents have fought for several years to see the space being restored as a public park, but starting next month, they will renew efforts to raise awareness about the little known park. The tennis club charges anywhere between $80 to $225 per hour, and the city has provided the club with a license to operate from the park for several months during the year, according to DNAinfo.

However the club's concession license will expire next year, and that has largely contributed to renewed efforts by locals to restore the park. The tennis club mostly uses the park during the winter months, and the space is taken over by a softball club during the summer.

Locals instead want to see it being used as a multi-sports venue with room for an ice-skating rink in the winter.

A rally will be held at the Queensboro Oval on June 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the intersection of York Avenue and East 59th Street.


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