NFA tennis coach seeks to raise $220k to renovate Delano Hitch courts

Desolation describes what used to be the tennis courts at Delano Hitch Park.

Chain-link fencing is rusted and warped. Water pools in places along the cracked blacktop surface. In all but a few places, the outlines of the individual courts have faded and sneakers hang from power lines.

Enter Dennis Maher III. The Newburgh Free Academy coach for boys varsity tennis is undertaking a campaign to raise $220,000 to renovate the courts and return them to use as a home base for NFA’s teams and tennis clinics, and a place where city residents can play for fun.

Newburgh’s tennis teams have had to use courts at Cronomer Park in the Town of Newburgh for at least the last 25 years, according to Maher. Residents who play tennis are limited to using two courts located on South Street, he said.

“We believe this would have a great impact for our city,” Maher told the City Council on Thursday.

Maher’s goals are to renovate the four existing courts and add two more; replace the fencing; and build a restroom facility, new parking lot and a storage area/concession stand.

He has already applied for a grant through the United States Tennis Association, Maher said.

“One of my goals, when I took over the tennis program three years ago, was to tap into the talent of the inner city community,” he said. “In order to do that, however, we must bring back the courts at
Deleno Hitch Park.”

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