NEW YORK (AP) The Parks Department sold about 5,500 fewer permits to play on New York City tennis courts in 2012 than it did in 2010.

The city Independent Budget Office released a report Thursday that found the city had hoped to raise $6.3 million by increasing fees in 2010 to play on courts and use recreation facilities. But revenue only grew by $1.1 million in fiscal year 2012.

The IBO found there was a 43 percent decline in adult seasonal tennis permits sold, from 12,774 in 2010 to 7,265 in 2012 after the $100 increase.

The IBO found the number of recreation center memberships declined by 52 percent in 2012.

A Parks Department spokesman tells the Daily News ( ) its permits are still below what it costs at private facilities.


Information from: Daily News,