Fewer tennis permits issued after NYC price hike

Fewer tennis permits issued after NYC price hike

NEW YORK (AP) - The Parks Department sold about 5,500 fewer permits to play on New York City tennis courts in 2012 than it did in 2010.

The city Independent Budget Office released a report Thursday that found the city had hoped to raise $6.3 million by increasing fees in 2010 to play on courts and use recreation facilities. But revenue only grew by $1.1 million in fiscal year 2012.

The IBO found there was a 43% decline in adult seasonal tennis permits sold, from 12,774 in 2010 to 7,265 in 2012 after the $100 increase.

The IBO found the number of recreation center memberships declined by 52% in 2012.

A Parks Department spokesman tells the Daily News  its permits are still below what it costs at private facilities.

Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com

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