We’re not Wimbledon, we’re not Flushing Meadows. But Verona does have some outdoor tennis venues and, with the weather finally headed in the direction of spring, we thought it might be helpful to go over the rules for playing on them.
There are eight outdoor courts in Verona: two at the pool, three at Verona Park and three at Verona High School, where the Boys’ Tennis team has been having a strong 14-4 season. None of these venues take reservations for general play so if you want to spend more time on the courts than waiting, you need to know when other groups have priority.
During school hours, the tennis courts at VHS (located behind the Sampson Drive parking lot) are reserved for phys education classes and, with permission of the school, Verona Recreation Department activities. The courts are open to Verona residents when the high school team is done for the day, which is usually around 6 p.m., if the Rec Department isn’t using them. But you’ve got to head home at 10 p.m. because that’s when the lights are turned off.
If you want to play during school hours, you’ll stand a better chance on the Verona Pool or Verona Park courts. The Rec Department’s youth tennis league and lessons have priority on the pool courts, but those activities mostly happen after school when school is in session. Once upon a time, you had to book court time through the pool office when the pool was open, but now it’s simply first-come, first-served. The park courts are heavily used on the weekends and after normal work hours. The lights stay on until 10 p.m., when the park closes.[mappress]