"The Borough President is concerned that the city....and Sporttime have not adequately consulted community stakeholders about this project and have also not been sufficiently transparent with information about the existing 20 tennis courts and the extent to which they can be made more accessible to the surrounding community and general public," said a Stringer spokesperson.
"Sportime requested that their item be postponed from today's FCRC agenda as it was not time sensitive and it will be rescheduled for a later date."
Parks Department spokesman Phillip Abramson said, Sportime requested that their item be postponed from today's FCRC agenda as it was not time sensitive and it will be rescheduled for a later date. The request was "for permission to negotiate an amendment to the current Sportime Licence Agreement". As Sportime will be entering into ULURP over the next 30 months - the have 1 1/2 years to revisit the amendment."
15-Love, Tennis-Plan Foes
The city's Franchise and Concession Review Committee abruptly canceled its hearing yesterday on a Parks Department plan to add more private tennis courts on Randall's Island. “Clearly, the FCRC and the city are beginning to feel the pressure by community members and elected officials,” said Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, who had asked how many East Harlem and South Bronx residents use the $72-an-hour courts. The Parks Department and mayor's office did not return calls for comment. - Crain's New York Business - December 15, 2011