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Park & Event Facility Permits

In alignment with CDC guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19, Denver is prohibiting all gatherings through May 11:

  • Permits of all types have been cancelled through May 11 with associated fees automatically refunded.
  • Reschedule requests for cancelled 2020 permits will not be processed until further notice.
  • New applications for any type of permit in 2020 will not be processed until further notice.
  • Permitted activities with historical status or working toward obtaining historical status will not be penalized due to the cancellation of their 2020 permit as a result of COVID-19.
  • All existing in-process permits for May 12 or later are still being processed—should the status of these permits change, permit holders will be notified as soon as possible.
  • Permit holders for any type of 2020 permit may contact the Parks Permit Office at any time for a full refund.
  • The Parks Permit Office in the Wellington Webb Municipal Building remains closed until further notice, but staff are available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. by email: park.permits@denvergov.org; or phone: 720-913-0700 (press 6, then leave a message).

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Athletic Fields & 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. 

View online reservation instructions*

*Online reservations require three (3) business days to process

View Summer/Spring Athletic Field Inventory | (PDF)

View Summer/Spring Athletic Field Closures | (PDF)

Permit Information

Winter Season: November 3 – March 20

Deadlines: 4:00pm on the days noted below, unless otherwise stated
External groups: any organization not with Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR), Denver Public Schools (DPS) or Denver Police Activities League

Permit Processing Timeline:

 

November 3

 

Winter season begins (Synthetic Fields ONLY)

 

March 20

 

Winter season ends

Spring Season: March 21 – May 31

Summer Season: June 1 - August 9

 

DEADLINES: 4:00pm on the days noted below, unless otherwise stated

External groups: any organization not with Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) or Denver Public Schools (DPS)

 

January 8th     Preliminary permits email sent to Youth/Adult external groups that hold historical priority to view permits on ActiveNet account**

January 17th

 

Preliminary permit corrections and Spring/Summer Season turnbacks due from youth/adult external groups that hold historical priority.  DEADLINE* to contact Parks Permit Office if you hold historical priority use and have not heard from us


January 31st   


“Reserved List” will be placed on website along with Draft Day details

 

February 8th   

 

DRAFT DAY (PPA EVENT CENTER)

This is a staff-facilitated opportunity to submit requests prior to March 3rd and April 28th

 

February 14th

 

Preliminary permits email sent to youth/adult external groups who attended Draft Day to view permits on ActiveNet account**

 

February 28th

 

PAYMENT & INSURANCE DEADLINE* (Spring Season March 21st  – May 31st)

Youth/Adult external groups with historical priority & who attended Draft Day

If deadline not met permits will be cancelled and placed back into inventory available March 3rd

 

 

March 2nd

 

All Youth/Adult external group spring permits that meet payment & insurance deadline will be “Approved” by 4:00pm and available on ActiveNet account for printing 

 

 

March 3rd

 

 

Remaining Spring Season inventory opened to public; 6:00am online, 8:00am in person***

 

 

March 21st  

 

Baseball/Softball/Artificial-Synthetic Turf, Grass/Mixed-Use fields open for play for Spring Season

April 24th

 

 

PAYMENT & INSURANCE DEADLINE* (Summer Season June 1st – August 10th)

Youth/Adult external groups with historical priority & who attended Draft Day

If deadline not met permits will be cancelled and placed back into inventory available April 28th

 

 

 

April 27th  

All Youth/Adult external group summer permits that meet payment & insurance deadline will be “Approved” by 4:00pm and available on ActiveNet account for printing  

 

April 28th    

 

Remaining Summer Season inventory opened to public; 6:00am online, 8:00am in person***

 

May 31st  

Spring Season Ends

 

June 1st

Summer Season Begins

 

August 9th

Summer Season Ends

Fall 2020 updates will be available June 5, 2020

Fall Season: August 10 - Novemeber 8

Draft Day is a staff-facilitated opportunity to submit athletic field requests.

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020

Location: PPA Event Center

More details to come.

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

View permit fee payment terms.

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.

Tournament applications accepted:

Winter 2019-2020: November 2 - March 20

  • Applications can be submitted in person on October 1 (Draft Day)
  • Remaining inventory for will open on October 21

Spring-Summer 2020: March 21-August 9

  • Applications can be submitted on Draft Day (February 8th)
  • Remaining inventory for spring season (March 21-May 31) will open on March 3
  • Remaining inventory for summer season (June 1-August 9) will open on April 28

Fall 2020: August 10 - November 1

  • Applications can be submitted in person on Draft Day (June 25)
  • Remaining inventory will open on July 21

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)

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

Tennis Court Maps (PDF)

*Please contact the Park Permit Office at 720.913.0700 or park.permits@denvergov.org 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 23 – May 31)
    • Applications accepted starting March 9, 6:00am online or 8:00am in person
  • Summer Season (June 1– August 30)
    • Applications accepted starting April 27, 6:00am online or 8:00am in person
  • Fall Season (August 31 – October 30)
    • Applications accepted starting July 27, 6:00am online or 8:00am in person

Court Lights

Court lights are operational March-October from 5-11pm

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)

Futsal Inventory (PDF)

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

The intent of the policy is to:

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 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.

 
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Contact Us For Your Athletic Field & Court Needs

201 W. Colfax Ave

Dept 1.G.1 (1st floor)

Denver, CO 80202 

Office Hours
M-F 8am - 4pm

Phone: (720) 913-0700
Fax: (720) 913-0778
park.permits@denvergov.org

East District
(720) 865-0873

Northeast District
(303) 373-8700

Northwest District
(303) 458-4788

Southwest District
(303) 937-4638

Weather Hotline: 720.865.6978

Park Rangers: 720.913.1311

Weather Hotline
720.865.6978

Field closures due to inclement weather will be available by 2:00PM on weekdays; 7:30AM on weekends.

View athletic field site map

 

Denver Parks & Recreation

Main Office

201 West Colfax Ave, Dept. 601
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 913-1311
ParksandRecreation@denvergov.org
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