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These Three Guys Are Bringing Squash to New York’s Public Spaces

In an effort to battle the sport’s “preppy problem,” a startup hopes to make squash facilities more available to all.
The Public Squash Foundation’s first court, at New York City’s Hamilton Fish Recreation Center.
Source: Public Squash Foundation

Hamilton Fish Park, a 116-year-old space on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, is getting a thoroughly modern upgrade later this month when one of its two handball courts is converted into a state-of-the art, all-weather outdoor squash court.

Public squash courts are a rarity in New York City. Most facilities exist in private clubs whose memberships cost hundreds of dollars a month, lending to the sport’s larger preppy problem: Outside of college students and the wealthy in America, most people don’t have access to squash courts anywhere (or don’t know that they do).