Athletic Fields & Courts

softball league playing on a denver field with skyline in the background

1. About Athletic Permits

More than 100 athletic fields are available for a variety of uses including lacrosse, rugby, tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, kickball and more. Tournaments and leagues are welcome.

Field dimensions and amenities can be found in the seasonal field inventory lists linked in the following sections, along with more details about each athletic permit season. Download and read the Athletic Field & Court Permit Handbook(PDF, 969KB) for additional resources.

Athletic Season Timeline:

  • Winter 2022-23: November 7 - March 17
  • Spring/Summer 2023: March 18 - August 6
  • Fall 2023: August 7 - November 5

2. Athletic Season Timeline & Details

Winter

The winter 2022-2023 season is from November 7, 2022 to March 17, 2023 and is for synthetic fields only.

Requests for Winter 2022 - 2023: Payment and insurance are due 24 hours (or one business day) following the permit being placed “on-hold.” The permit will be approved no later than 24 hours after payment and insurance have been submitted. 

Fall

The 2023 Fall season is August 7 - November 5. Details scheduled to be posted June 5, 2023.


   


3. Courts 

Beginning in 2023, Tennis Court permits will be issued for a variety of types play and tournaments.

 Play is defined as the following:

  • Tennis practice
  • Tennis league and pickup games
  • Tennis lessons

All other permits obtained will be automatically cancelled (i.e. birthday parties/non-tennis or pickleball play on courts).

United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned organizations for league and tournament play only will have first priority for court reservations. Authorized Agents of USTA/CTA organizations should be the only members making reservations. Event names must include type of League play (I.e., USTA Mixed 18 & over). Non-USTA/CTA members can make reservations the following week.

If a permit is obtained by a non-USTA/CTA organization ahead of their designated reservation date, the permit will be cancelled, and permit fees will be automatically refunded to the card used for payment.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for the first round of permitting, please contact the Parks Permit Office prior to requesting (park.permits@denvergov.org or 720.913.0700).

All court users, with or without a permit, must adhere to the court rules posted at each facility. One drop-in court will remain open for drop-in users at all times and when others are waiting, please play to permitted time only.  

View Spring/Summer Tennis Court Inventory(PDF, 122KB)

To ensure you are on the correctly permitted court, please reference tennis court maps.(PDF, 4MB)

Court Permit Seasons

Courts are available to permit for three seasons. All requests can be made online, beginning at 8:00am. Please review the 2023 Court Timeline for applicable dates.(PDF, 118KB)

Tennis Court Lights

Most court lights are operational March – October, 5:00am – 11:00pm. Year-round court lights are operational at the following locations only:

  • Bear Valley Park
  • Berkeley Lake Park
  • Bible Park
  • City Park
  • Parkfield Lake Park
  • Washington Park

Pickleball and Futsal

Pickleball courts at Martin Luther King Jr. Park follow the court timeline above. Refer to the top for permit regulations (Same play guidelines apply). All other pickleball courts and futsal courts are available for drop-in use only. 


4. Tournaments

Tournament applications must be turned in at least 30 days in advance and will have additional permit requirements.

Download a permit application

Tournament Fees & Payment Terms(PDF, 189KB)

Tournament Cancelation Procedure(PDF, 182KB)

A Tournament is defined as an athletic/sports competition which meets the criteria listed. End of league/season tournaments may be considered a tournament, for permitting purposes, and not a continuation of league play.

A Tournament includes:

  • Athletic/sports competition
  • Bracketed or pool play (or other typical tournament format) designed to determine a winner(s) 
  • Open to the general public to participate/spectate
  • Collection of fees prior to and/or day of event for participants and/or spectators
  • Requires exclusive use of athletic fields/complexes
  • Event infrastructure that includes tents, tables, chairs, goods and services vending, food and beverage sales/service, vendors, and/or sponsors

Parks Permitting will make the final determination as to the classification of the activity.  Tournaments are classified as “athletic” permits.  Tournament permits must be secured following the established athletic permit schedule, per season. Tournament fees will apply.   


5. Requirements, Fees & Policies

Download permit fee sheet(PDF, 72KB)

Field reservation requests can also be made online (requires 3 business days to process). Review instructions on how to check field/court availability and make a reservation online.(PDF, 385KB)

Permit Requirements:

Athletic Permit Policy

The athletic permit policy went into effect spring 2019. 

Read the policy(PDF, 772KB) 

The intent of the policy is to:

  • Organize processes related to how athletic permits are fulfilled & requests are prioritized
  • Clearly state regulations and allowable use for permittees, permittable hours/dates, along with consequences for policy violations

Read Frequently Asked Questions about the policy.(PDF, 183KB)

Appeals

Rights of Appeal: You have the right to request a hearing to review issuance of the Administrative Citation by filing a Petition for Review with the Executive Director of Parks & Recreation along with the payment to the “Manager of Finance” of a nonrefundable $25.00 filing fee as specified in the Rules and Regulations Governing Hearings.  A Petition must be received by the Director of Parks & Recreation within (15) days after service of the Citation at the following address:

Executive Director of Parks & Recreation
201 W. Colfax Dept 601
Denver, CO 80202

The Petition must contain the information required as provided in the Rules and Regulation Governing the Use of Administrative Citations(PDF, 7MB) for the Enforcement of Article 1 Chapter 39 of the DRMC. Learn more about citations and appeals.

Appeal of Revocation of Permit for current season, Revocation or Loss of Historical Priority for the permit, and Loss of Future Permitting Privileges:

Rights of Appeal: A permit holder for an Athletic Field Permit has the right to appeal a revocation of the permit for the current season, revocation of loss of historical priority for the permit, and the loss of future permitting privileges.

How made: Appeal shall be made by submitting a written appeal to the Executive Director of Parks & Recreation stating the basis for the appeal and the requested relief. Such appeal must be received by the office of the Executive Director of Parks and Recreation no later than (5) business days after the date written notice is issued by the Parks Permit Office of an action which is appealable under this Policy.  Please send written appeals to:

Executive Director of Parks & Recreation
201 W Colfax Ave. Dept. 601
Denver, CO 80202

Or email to: ParksRec-Manager@denvergov.org

Decision and Notice: After review of the written appeal and consultation with the Parks Permit Office, other Department representatives, and other City Agencies as appropriate, the Executive Director will issue a written decision granting the appeal, granting the appeal with conditions, or denying the appeal. The decision of the Executive Director shall be the final administrative decision.