STATEN ISLAND, NY – Today’s #fyiSI comes from Staten Island Advance / SILive.com colleague Joseph Ostapiuk, who frequents Willowbrook Park and had a question about his tennis courts.
“I run in Willowbrook Park quite often, and there’s a large tennis court site somewhat attached to the park,” Ostapiuk said in an email. (Yes, even though we work together, he still emailed me).
“There is never anyone in them; they are dilapidated and still chained. It could be a really cool site if they put something there — basketball courts, a hockey net, like they have at Wolfe’s Pond Park,” he continued.
The courts it refers to are located in Eaton Place.
So what’s going on with the tennis courts?
THE CONDITION OF THE COURTS ARE WHY IT IS CLOSED
Anessa Hodgson, spokeswoman for the Parks Department, told Advance/SILive.com that the current surface conditions at the Willowbrook tennis court pose a tripping hazard and it is not playable.
“By this summer, we will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for a year-round sports/recreational facility at Willowbrook Park,” Hodgson said.
“We strive to provide quality leisure spaces and safety is always our top priority,” she continued.
WILL THE NEW COURTS BE FOR TENNIS?
The city said that under the proposed concession, the new operator awarded the space after applying to the RFP will be required to develop the site as a sports/recreational facility.
While the current courts are for tennis, the park department is open to reallocating the space for other activities, like pickleball or soccer, and will entertain ideas like tennis.
A request for proposals was first issued in 2018 for the location and an award was issued in 2019, however, the concessionaire failed to meet the contract requirements set by the Department of Parks and it was rescinded.
#fyiSI – HERE’S THE POINT
When #fyiSI launched in October 2018, the Advance received dozens of questions from readers about all things Staten Island.
Now we continue to provide answers and again ask you to ask us anything, Staten Island – and we mean anything.
Thanks to #fyiSI, I’ll answer all your burning questions — with occasional help from my colleagues — about the borough of 479,458 people we all call home.
Some of the questions we’ve received so far include:
- How can we request the addition of a stop sign?
- What happened to my favorite restaurant?
- Is it a mobile speed camera?
- Why is the Ministry of Transport doing construction work on my block?
Now I’m ready to tackle them all, and I’m looking for more questions. Anyway, I’ll answer it.
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We’re not deviating from the traditional news article, but instead adding social media elements like Facebook live, Instagram stories, Twitter polls and other multimedia to help us reach you.
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