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Two Tennis Courts at Central Park and West Park Now Open

Tennis Allowed with New Safety Regulations

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Two Tennis Courts at Central Park and West Park Now Open

Tennis will resume at two of our outdoor courts at Central Park and West Park as of Saturday, May 16. New Park District regulations have been implemented to ensure the safety of both players and Glencoe Park District staff.

“The Glencoe Park District team reviewed national, state, and local directives, along with industry guidelines, to determine the best way to play tennis on our courts,” said Lisa Sheppard, Executive Director of the Glencoe Park District. “Playing tennis in Glencoe will be different now, but our primary goal is to make sure we keep our community and our staff safe.”

Tennis reservations are limited to one-hour time slots per day, per household. Reservations can be made up to seven days in advance but must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Drop-in play is allowed if the court is not reserved. Players should add their names to the open time slots at the tennis court.

Courts will be available from 8 AM-7 PM, seven days a week. Residents can reserve courts via the Park District’s online reservation system HERE. The middle court will not be available in order to support social distancing rules. While it is not mandated, each player is encouraged to use a mask or a bandana.

Currently, only singles recreational play is permitted. Players under 18 must be accompanied by an adult from their immediate family.

Courts must be used for tennis only. There will be no private instruction or doubles/group play. Tennis court usage can be revoked at any time.

All drinking fountains are off and bathrooms closed at the courts. Entrance gates must remain open and congregating is not permitted on the courts, near the courts, or in the parking lot. No food is permitted on the courts.

Additionally, the Park District suggests extra precautions to keep safe when playing tennis:

Open two cans of tennis balls that do not share the same number on the ball.

* Take one set of numbered balls and have your playing partner take a set of balls from the other can. 

* Proceed with play, making sure to pick up your set of numbered balls only.

* Should a ball with the other number wind up on your side of the court, do not touch the ball with your hands. Use your racquet head or feet to advance the ball to the other side of the court.

Visit the United States Tennis Association website to learn additional information about playing tennis safely.