WelcomE To the

Red clay courts.

Riverside Park near 96th Street

WE HAVE REOPENED! Watch the video

THEY ARE NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT PUBLIC COURTS maintained and operated by the Riverside CLAY Tennis Association,
a non-profit volunteer organization, Affiliated with the Riverside Park Conservancy.

In the news


Courts Targeted to Open mid-April, 2021

UPDATED RULES FOR 2021
- Permits or single play passes will be required for play.
- There will be no free, advance online booking.
Two courts are available for advanced reservations up to a week in advance for $15.
- Remaining courts available for in-person sign up.

SEE THE USTA STATEMENT ON CORONA

HOW TO PLAY -

NOTE: Permits or Single Play required for 2021

The 96th Street Red Clay Tennis Courts (also known as the "Oscar Hijuelos Clay Courts) are public courts within the NYC Parks & Recreation system. Anyone can play. Most courts are distributed on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Each player needs one of three things: REQUIRED IN 2021
 - a NYC Parks season tennis permit, or
- $15 for a day permit, or
- a pre-printed "single play" ticket from NYC Parks

Check here for more complete details and sign-up rules.

2021 Registration for Private Lessons is now open. Private lessons available begin March 29, weather permitting. Register here.

2021 Spring GROUP LESSON
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

First Serve - Ages 3-4 beginner & intermediate
Junior Aces - Ages 9 -18 intermediate & advance
Adult Clinics - Beginner, low & high intermediate

2021 cardio and private lessons will be available for sign up in the spring, once we know when the courts will be resurfaced and open for play.

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

Browse the RCTA Photo and Video Galleries

RCTA photos by Joe Josephs; videos by Eser Atilla.

GET THE NEW RCTA APP!

Download the new RCTA app (served by TennisGroups). Search for TennisGroups on Apple or Google. Then select the RCTA community. Check court condition, meet other players, Book lessons or courts, and much, much more.

About Us

The Riverside Clay Tennis Association is a not-for-profit organization charged with the maintenance and operation of the public red clay tennis courts (Oscar Hijuelos Clay Courts) in Riverside Park along the Hudson River near 96th Street.

In addition to maintaining the courts and the surrounding park land, the RCTA is responsible for operating the courts and all tennis programs at the courts.

The RCTA has over 900 members and raises over $600,000 each year to fulfill its mission. Members do not have playing privileges over non-members.

RCTA raises money through membership dues, donations, court fees and program fees.

The RCTA manages the courts on behalf of the Riverside Tennis Association, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Riverside Park Conservancy, a 501(c)3 organization, through the Conservancy’s licensing agreement with NYC Parks & Recreation.