WelcomE To the

Red clay courts.

Riverside Park near 96th Street

THE 96th Street Red clay courts 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


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:
 - 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.


Stay active this winter. RCTA will be hosting indoor tennis parties at local clubs and facilities. Check the schedule here.

Winter INDOOR youth tennis programs NOW OPEN for registration!

RCTA is offering indoor tennis programs for youth 3 to 8 years of age on Sunday mornings at 11am and at noon, starting January 20th.The program is held at Trevor Day School gym on West 88th Street, near Central Park West.

Register here for the indoor winter programs .

2019 Spring Groups Open for Registration now! Save 10% with Early Bird Registration. Fees will go up Jan 1. Register for First Serve youth programs, Junior Aces, or Adult Group Lessons.

Council Member Helen Rosenthal allocates $65K to upgrade portable bathrooms.

New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal has allocated $65K in Park Equity Funds to upgrade the portable toilets at the 96th Street Clay Courts.

We look forward to purchasing or leasing high-end bathroom trailers for the 2019 season.

More info to come.


Browse the RCTA Photo and Video Galleries

RCTA photos by Joe Josephs; videos by Eser Atilla.


Download the new RCTA app (served by Groupment). Check court condition, meet other players, create or join a friend's group, 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.