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Mayor Walsh and parks department launch tennis app

March 14, 2015

Parks and Recreation

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Parks and Recreation

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a partnership with playlocal.com that will create a first-of-its-kind platform allowing Boston's tennis players to reserve courts online and find similarly skilled people to play with. The app will launch Friday, May 15 and can be downloaded at www.boston.gov/parks/tennis.asp

“We are excited to offer this program to tennis players in our City's parks,” said Mayor Walsh. “We have plenty of courts, all offering tennis for free in the city, and the playlocal.com app will make reserving courts and finding a partner a much more efficient process."    The pilot Play Local app program will be in effect during park hours at public tennis courts at four locations in Boston beginning Friday.  Ringer Playground in Allston, Moakley Park in South Boston, and Cassidy Playground in Brighton will feature Play Local reservations from7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, while the Boston Common tennis courts will offer them from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.  Signs will be posted at each court indicating the courts available for reservation.  

Players can sign up for free from any PC or mobile device at www.boston.gov/parks/tennis.asp.  Once on the booking page, users will see the park locations with maps.  After selecting a park, users reserve their court and receive a confirmation by email.

“After extensive research, we found that tennis players across Boston share a common concern – arriving at a court and being forced to wait upwards of an hour to play,” said Anmol Wassan, CEO of playlocal.com.  “Our platform seeks to solve that problem and create a better experience for the tennis playing community."