Brooklyn Heights

Public squash court coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park

December 10, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Here's Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 2 play area with its distinctive blue roof, as seen from the Promenade. Eagle file photo by Mary Frost

Brooklyn Bridge Park, in partnership with local nonprofit Publish Squash NYC, plans to open a public squash court on the site of one of six handball courts on Pier 2.

Park administrators have wanted to bring squash to the park since they visited another public squash court that opened in April in Manhattan, according to Brooklyn Paper.

“It’s to provide yet another amenity in the park,” BBP President Eric Landau told Brooklyn Daily. “There is only one other place we know of in the country where there is a free public outdoor squash court, we are working to do the same thing here.”

Public Squash NYC coaches will also offer free clinics, geared toward underserved youngsters, at the court.

“One board member said leaders should also find a partner organization willing to donate racquets and other equipment needed to play the sport, so those kids who can’t afford to buy their own gear can still play,” Brooklyn Daily reported.

Nearby Brooklyn Heights, especially the Eastern Athletic Club and the Heights Casino, has been known for many years as a haven for squash players.

While Pier 2, which has at times attracted huge crowds of teenagers with fights sometimes resulting, Landau denied that the establishment of the squash court had anything to do with this situation, Brooklyn Daily said.