Frick Park Clay Courts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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First built in 1930, this set of six natural red clay public tennis courts in the East End of Pittsburgh is one of the first of its kind in the United States. Situated on the edge of the 644-acre Frick Park, the historic courts remain among the most unique tennis complexes in the country. 

The Frick Park Clay Courts are made of a natural red clay base and crushed red brick surface, using bricks crushed locally in the Pittsburgh area. True natural clay courts are rare because they take two to three days to dry, and the tennis complex at Frick Park is one of the few such courts open to the public in the U.S..

Frick Park opened in 1927 after a bequest of 150 acres to the city upon the passing of noted steel magnate Henry Clay Frick, and the clay tennis courts were built three years later.

Today the courts are in use seven days a week during the summer and fall, hosting tournaments, lessons and tennis leagues. They are free and open to the public. However, you might want to bring an old pair of shoes, as they will likely end up with slight tinge of red after a few sets.


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