Tennis Court Improvement Project 2023

We’re partnering with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to breathe new life into local park tennis courts across the borough.


Image of a tennis ball about to cross the line to be out.


A total of 17 tennis courts located across five parks; Barking Park (6), Central Park (4), Greatfields Park (1), Old Dagenham Park (2), and St Chads Park (4) will benefit from £402,817 investment to deliver improvements to the courts and help ensure that the local community has access to quality facilities in the future.

This investment is part of a nationwide project led by the Government and LTA Tennis Foundation to refurbish public tennis courts across Great Britain.

We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during the court improvement works. In the New Year the Council will be appointing an operator to manage the tennis courts. Until then the following arrangements will apply:

Court access: gate access controls have been installed at all sites.

Court bookings: you must book a court online before playing.

Court hire charges: courts are currently free of charge whilst we launch the new booking system. However, affordable court hire fees will be introduced in the New Year.

Tennis courts are available to book online making it far easier to find, book, and pay for a court.

Court booking rules and terms of use

• You must book a court online before you play.

• Cancel any unwanted bookings online (ideally more than 3 hours before your booking).

• You can book up to 2 hours’ worth of tennis per day per site.

• Courts are bookable 7 days in advance.

• The Council has the right to cancel bookings at their discretion.

• The Council reserves the right to pre-book the courts for coaching, events, and maintenance.

• You must vacate the courts at the end of your booking and ensure you close the court gate

properly when you leave.

Court Rules

• Players should comply with the principles of Respect and Fair Play, both on and off the courts.

• Players should wear appropriate sports clothing and footwear when on court.

• No playing of music is allowed as it could annoy other users of the courts or general park


• Smoking is not allowed on the courts.

• No dogs are allowed on the courts.

• No bikes are allowed on the courts.

• No skating/skateboarding is allowed on the courts.

• Take off the court everything you take on – including all balls and general litter (please use

the park bins provided).

• Players play tennis at their own risk and are asked to apply common sense in always looking

out for themselves and other players.

• No person may coach others for financial gain on any court without the prior approval of

the Council.

• Report any damage to the Council.

Right to Play

• You must book a court online before playing. If someone is playing on the court when you

arrive, use your booking confirmation as proof or use another court if available.

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