Athletic Fields & Courts

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Tennis Courts

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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. Twenty-two of our softball fields have lights, bleachers and press boxes. Tournaments or leagues are welcome. 

Download Athletic Field and Court Permit Handbook(PDF, 1MB)

View online reservation instructions(PDF, 909KB)
Online reservations require three (3) business days to process

View Winter Athletic Field Inventory(PDF, 117KB)

View Winter Athletic Field Closures(PDF, 100KB)

COVID-19 Guidelines

Due to the updated Public Health Order, athletic permits are prohibited through February 28, 2021

State and City Orders can affect the status of park and event facility permits. Affected permit holders will be contacted as soon as possible should that occur.

Permit Information

Winter 2020-2021

Winter Season: November 9 – March 19

Only synthetic turf field will be permitted during Winter Season. No grass or dirt field will be open.

  • October 2: Youth/adult external groups that hold historical priority notified to view preliminary permits on ActiveNet account
  • October 9: Preliminary permit corrections and Fall Season turnbacks due from youth/adult external groups that hold historical priority.
    DEADLINE to contact Parks Permit Office if you believe you hold historical priority use and have not heard from us
  • October 16: Reserved List posted
  • October 20: Remaining Inventory opened to the public; 8:00am online
  • November 9: Winter Season Begins
  • March 19: Winter Season Ends

Please be advised that historical status can no longer be gained for winter athletic permits and only permits secured by the 2018-2019 winter athletic season will be honored as historical.

Spring 2021

Spring Season: March 20 – May 3

All insurance and payment deadlines will be 72 business hours before the start of your permit.

  • January 6: Youth/adult external groups that hold historical priority notified to view preliminary permits on ActiveNet account
  • January 15: Preliminary permit corrections and Spring Season turnbacks due from youth/adult external groups that hold historical priority. DEADLINE to contact Parks Permit Office if you believe you hold historical priority use and have not heard from us
  • January 29: “Spring Reserved List” posted
  • February 2: Remaining Spring Season Inventory opened to the public; 8:00am online
  • March 20: Spring Season Begins
  • May 30: Spring Season End


Summer 2021

Summer Season: May 31 – August 8

Summer details to be published March 1



Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all 2020 Tournament permits have been cancelled and associated fees automatically refunded.

We are currently not accepting new tournament applications. Please continue to check this webpage for updates.


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

View permit fee payment terms(PDF, 189KB)

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.


Tennis Court permits are issued ONLY for tennis league play* and tournaments. External organizations are required to leave one court open for drop-in use at all times. The tennis court inventory list will note if a given court is the designated drop-in court at any park.

Tennis Court Inventory(PDF, 157KB)

To ensure you are on the correctly permitted court, please reference our tennis court maps.

Tennis Court Maps(PDF, 8MB)

*Please contact the Park Permit Office at 720.913.0700 or if you are unsure whether your group qualifies for league play permits prior to requesting.

All court users with or without permits must adhere to the court rules listed at each facility.

Permitting Seasons

There are three (3) permitting seasons for tennis courts:

  • Spring Season (March 20 – May 30)
    Applications accepted starting March 1, 6:00am online
  • Summer Season (May 31– August 29)
    Applications accepted starting April 12, 6:00am online or 8:00 a.m. in person
  • Fall Season (August 30 – October 29)
    Applications accepted starting July 12, 6:00 a.m. online or 8:00 a.m. in person


Court Lights

Court lights are operational March-October from 5-11:00 p.m. Year-round court lights are operational at the following locations only:

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

Pickleball and Futsal Courts

Pickleball courts located at Martin Luther King Jr. Park will follow the tennis court reservation calendar. All other pickleball and futsal courts are available for drop-in use only.

Pickleball Inventory(PDF, 89KB)

Futsal Inventory(PDF, 53KB)

Athletic Permit Policy

Effective Spring 2019 season and moving forward, Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) will implement/enforce the approved Athletic Permit Policy.(PDF, 772KB) 

The intent of the policy is to:


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:

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.