East New York tennis player John Tejada, 50, stands outside the courts in Linden Park and says the city shouldn't charge so much in a poor neighborhood like East New York. (Photo: Jake Pearson/NY Daily News )
Parks As Cash Cows. For the second time since 2003, Mayor Bloomberg has doubled the cost for a seven-month tennis permit in city parks. Last month tennis fees were quietly raised to $200. In 2003 the price was $ 50. Such fee increases do not require the approval of the City Council. The City is claiming the recreational fee increases are designed "to help defray the costs for the Department to maintain fields, courts and recreation centers" even though the money goes to the city's general fund. The Mayor is also in the process of trying to raise the cost of tennis lessons at parks win some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. The City recently issued a Request For Bids (RFB) for tennis professionals. After it was issued they decided $ 48 per hour wasn't enough, on March 9 they increased the price to $ 55 an hour.
NYC tennis players raise racket over Parks Dept. hike in permit prices
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