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.

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HOW TO PLAY

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.

COURTS NOW OPEN FOR 2018 SEASON

Seven of the ten courts have been resurfaced and are now open for play. April hours are 8am to 7pm. Spring resurfacing of the last 3 courts will continue for a couple more weeks. Check out Eser Atilla's video to learn more about how the RCTA resurfaces the public courts every spring.

SPRING CLASS REGISTRATION IS OPEN

RCTA spring adult and youth classes are currently open for registration. Login to see schedules and register.

2018 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN

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 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.