96th Street Clay Courts
As with so many other public amenities in the 1970s and 1980s, the tennis courts at 96th Street declined to unusability due to inadequate maintenance. In the early 1990s, a group of Upper West Side tennis players formed the Riverside Clay Tennis Association and lobbied the city to abandon plans to pave the courts with asphalt and allow the RCTA to convert these facilities to red-clay courts. The RCTA groundskeepers perform regular resurfacing and maintenance and the facilities include an irrigation system to keep the clay from cracking during the heat of the summer.
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