Tennis by the Riverside
Play tennis along the Hudson River on one of Riverside Park’s three public court facilities! Seasonal tennis permits or single play passes are required to play between April and November (at the 96th Street Red Clay Courts, you can buy your single play ticket at the facility). For Information on costs and to find out how to obtain a permit click here.
Limited online reservations are available at 96th and 119th courts. Click here for information.
Fort Washington Park Tennis Courts
Fort Washington’s ten public courts are situated on one of the most scenic spots in the Park, immediately south of the George Washington Bridge and the Little Red Lighthouse.
Tennis lesson are available, provided by the Conservancy. To book a private or semi-private lesson for adults or children, please reach out directly to Coach Gilbert Butcher at 347-392-7148 or GilbertButcher50@gmail.com.
Gilbert is currently available M-F evenings and all day Saturday, Sunday and Thursdays. Gilbert is one of the most sought-after tennis instructors in NYC, so please expect to book him well in advance.
Summer Camp for ages 6 to 14 will be available for registration in March 2023.
For location and directions, and other information, please visit the Fort Washington Tennis Courts website.
119th Street Tennis Courts (“Over the Tracks Courts”)
These ten hard courts were extensively repaired and renovated in the summer of 2022 with funds put up by the Conservancy that will be reimbursed by NY State funds allocated by Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell. The courts are located in the park near West 120th and Riverside Drive adjacent to Riverside Park’s Bird Sanctuary and Pollinator Meadow.
The 119th Street Tennis Association (119TA) a Conservancy User Group, raises funds for supplemental materials and maintenance through membership, donations, tournaments and tennis ladders. Join the 119TA to meet other players, participate in tournaments, and help maintain the courts. Check out the 119TA Website here. You can also click here to join.
96th Street Red Clay Courts (“Oscar Hijuelos Clay Courts”)
Surrounded by flower gardens and lush lawns and located right on the Riverside, these are the only outdoor red-clay pubic courts in the City and one of the very few in the nation. The facility is managed by the non-profit Conservancy affiliate, Riverside Clay Tennis Association, which offers a wide array of tennis programming for youth and adults: tournaments, ladders, lessons, adaptive tennis, and cardio tennis, as well as picnics, parties and free concerts every Saturday night in the summer. Go the RCTA website to see events and sign up for programs here.
Download the TennisGroups app on the Apple or Google Play Store to easily access information and find partners for all three courts!