Make it Public.

Public Squash Directors: Alex Wakefield Wessner, Shawn Dragann and Ryan Underwood Wall | Aug 2015 - Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Public Squash Directors: Alex Wakefield Wessner, Shawn Dragann and Ryan Underwood Wall | Aug 2015 - Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Seven years ago in Philadelphia, we started playing squash. Instantly we were hooked. It was never easier getting up in the morning. It was all about bragging rights at the office. On that court, we became great friends.

We love the game. We love the pace, the focus and the inability to turndown a match. It’s about those micro moments where you know you’re getting stronger and becoming a smarter player. You play once; you’re never the same. Not enough people know this feeling. We are determined to change that.

Public Squash was founded to accomplish a single goal; make squash more accessible and visible to the public. We came up with a simple idea to build outdoor courts on underutilized park grounds. Squash can be played on multiple surfaces. Focusing on playability, durability and safety, the courts will offer a professional outdoor experience. 

Fast forward to today, we are now working with New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to build the very first public outdoor squash courts. Through search engine data analysis, we showed the Parks Department that New Yorkers are searching for squash courts four times more often than handball courts, encouraging them to donate several locations. Not to mention there are 2009 handball courts, and not one squash court.    

Trended Search Demand

NYC search engine user data from Google Keyword Planner.

The first court will be located in the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center on the Lower East Side of NYC.

As indoor public courts continue to close in New York City, the conversion of underutilized park grounds and handball courts is a cost effective approach to public access. Together we can make this happen. We look forward to collaborating with those who want to see change.