Rego-Forest Preservation Council extends our gratitude to Congressman Anthony Weiner of NY's 9th District. To date, he has worked with us and other concerned citizens, hoping to preserve and reuse the iconic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. When facing the prospect of the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium being sold to a condo developer if 2/3 of the West Side Tennis Club membership would approve, in August 2010, he deemed the cause an issue for the greater community, realizing who it was conceived for, and how it entertained generations since 1923. He urged the WSTC to listen to the opinions of the greater public, so everyone can have a role in its future. He also collaborated upon a feasibility study endorsed by Councilmember Karen Koslowitz, State Senator Toby Stavisky, & Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi, urging the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to study the issue closely, and consider holding a public hearing. In addition, he released public statements, urging the USTA to consider holding at least 1 US Open match per year at the stadium (original home), as a means of increasing the viability of the WSTC, stadium, and community, while preserving a historic site.
Queens, NY (Oct 8, 2010) - Following a vote by the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, NY not to sell their historic tennis stadium to developers, Rep. Anthony D. Weiner (D- Brooklyn and Queens) released the following statement:
"My neighbors and I are gratified by the decision of the members of the West Side Tennis Club to reject the proposal to sell development rights to the historic stadium.”
“This will give us all a chance to take a step back, take a deep breath and explore the best way forward to preserve this iconic site while respecting the rights of the club members. This is good news.”