Frick Park Clay Courts – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Atlas Obscura

Frick Park Clay Courts

This historic Pittsburgh tennis complex is a rare example of natural red clay courts.  


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 can take two to three days to dry without proper care. Fortunately, the tennis courts at Frick Park are well maintained by local players and remain playable most days throughout the summer. 

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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Accessible by 61A and 61B buses from the city and the Oakland neighborhood.

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