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News from Riverside Park: goats, tennis courts and stairs

Riverside Park Conservancy has announced the upcoming return of the weed-eating goats for their third official summer internship.

The Goatham Initiative aims to remove invasive plants from Riverside Park between 119th and 122nd streets.

The Conservancy will announce the date of “Running of the Goats” on its Instagram page and other social media profiles.

It was also announced that the 119th Street tennis courts will undergo a major facelift.

The project is due to begin in late June and will involve resurfacing – “the repair of cracks covered with a new acrylic surface coating” – which is expected to take two to three weeks. The project will be split into two segments so that half of the courts will remain open for play throughout the construction period.

The work is paid for with $125,000 allocated by Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell, combined with funds raised by the Conservancy.

O’Donnell has allocated an additional $125,000 to fund two new multi-sport courts near 105th Street in Riverside Park in the fall of 2022. Both courts will feature specially designed adjustable nets for badminton, youth tennis, volleyball and pickle ball.

Finally, the Conservancy announced that its work on the 83rd Street stairwell was nearing completion:

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