Originally Posted by BMC9670
From what I've learned at our club, the initial cost of installation is higher for Har-Tru, but ongoing costs are actually lower with proper maintenance, which really isn't hard. As I said, many of the community swim and racket clubs here in the east have them and membership fees to these places are not high - no rich country club folks here, but middle-class suburbanites.
For a public park, hard courts are just more convenient - lower upfront costs and resurface and replace nets every few years as needed (or when they literally fall apart as we've all seen). No regular maintenance needed. I don't think I've seen "public" Har-Tru courts.
Columbus GA has a huge public clay court facility. Atlanta GA's Bitsy Grant public tennis center is still 50% clay. And sandy springs tennis center in metro Atlanta has a couple clay courts. HIT Atlanta is also public with two clay courts.