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Photo courtesy of Sylvester Zawadzki
Photo courtesy of Sylvester Zawadzki
Astoria Park tennis courts have been restored with a reinvigorating new look

After three months of renovations, the tennis courts at Astoria Park officially reopened last week to much fanfare, as many kids will have the chance to learn the sport of tennis in some of the nicest courts in the city.

For years, the tennis courts in Astoria Park were in dire shape. The nets were in tatters and many cracks developed throughout the courts that proved to be trip hazards for the kids, according to the City Park Foundation. The paint was fading fast and the overall surface of the courts was grossly uneven.

But now, the courts are unrecognizable. Renovations began last May and the City Parks Foundation conducted a major turnaround of the courts in a short three months. They got brand-new nets and resurfaced every single court with the same finish that is used by Flushing Meadows Park, according to a spokesperson for the foundation.

The renovations were paid for through a $750,000 grant from the Thompson Foundation. However, this grant was used for another park as well and a good portion of the grant was set aside for maintenance over the next decade (10 years is the approximate lifespan of the finishing, according to a City Parks Foundation estimate). The actual cost of the renovation was $150,000.

Around 50 people attended the ribbon-cutting, mostly kids and their parents as well as board members of the City Parks Foundation. The event also featured famous tennis player Virginia Wade, who is also a member of the board.

The City Parks Foundation is a nonprofit that provides public programs in NYC’s public parks for kids, ranging from sports to environmental programs. The foundation also provides tennis instruction to kids all across the city.

The Astoria Park courts is by far one of the largest of these training camps, servicing about 200 kids. The goal of the program, according to a spokesperson for the foundation, is to encourage kids across the city to take up the sport of tennis as a lifelong passion. 

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