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ATHLETIC FIELDS & TENNIS COURTS

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

Permit Information

Fall 2018 Season: August 11-November 3
Grass & mixed-use fields, baseball, softball, synthetic fields


Permit Processing Timeline

Please review the information below in its entirety and adhere to its deadlines. Deadlines are at 4:00pm unless otherwise noted:

  • June 18: Preliminary permits emailed to youth and adult external* groups that hold historical priority status

  • June 29: Preliminary permit corrections and any turn-back dates DUE from youth/adult external groups that hold historical priority status. DEADLINE for priority groups to contact park permit office if not already contacted.

  • July 9: "Reserved list" posted on website along with Draft Day details.

  • July 13: DRAFT DAY @ PPA Event Center. This is a staff-facilitated opportunity to submit requests prior to August 7.

  • July 20: Preliminary permi emailed to youth/adult external groups who attended Draft Day.

  • July 27: Preliminary permit corrections due from youth/adult external groups who attended Draft Day.

  • August 3: Payment and Insurance DEADLINE for youth/adult external groups with historical priority status and/or who attended Draft Day. If deadline not met, permits will be canceled and placed back into inventory. 

  • August 6: All youth/adult external group permits that meet payment and insurance deadlines approved by 4:00pm and available for printing from online service center account.

  • August 7: Remaining inventory opened to public: 6:00am online | 8:00am in-person.

  • August 11: Grass/mixed-use, baseball, softball, artificial-synthetic fields open for play.

  • November 3: End of fall season

*external groups are any group who is NOT a Denver Parks & Recreation, Denver Police, or Denver Public Schools league.

Athletic Field Inventory (PDF)
Tennis Court Inventory (PDF)
2018 Field Closures (PDF)
2018 Reserved List (PDF)

Questions: park.permits@denvergov.org
Office hours: 8:00AM - 4:00PM | Monday-Friday (excluding city holidays)
201 W. Colfax Ave. | Room 1.G.1
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Athletic field permits are issued to organizations in the following priority:

  1. Denver Parks & Recreation youth & adult leagues
  2. Denver Public Schools
  3. Denver Police Activities League
  4. External youth groups
  5. External adult groups

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Internal turn-back dates:

August 27 (fall): DPR Youth, DPS, Denver Police
August 27 (fall): CityWide Sports, baseball & softball fields
September 10 (fall): CityWide Sports, grass & mixed-use fields

Any turn-backs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the dates indicated above. 6:00am online | 8:00am in-person

Draft Day is a staff-facilitated opportunity to submit athletic field requests prior to October 23.

Date: Thursday October 11, 2018
Location: Montclair Recreation Center
Time: Youth Organizations 5:45pm (doors open at 5:30pm) | Adult Organizations 7:15pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

 

 

Athletic Field Permit Processing Timeline: Winter 2018- 2019
(November 4 - March 15 | synthetic turf fields only)

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

  • September 24: Preliminary email sent to Youth/Adult external groups with historical priority with instructions to view/print permits on Online Service Center account

  • October 5: Preliminary permit corrections DUE from Youth/Adult external groups with historical priority 
    • DEADLINE to contact the Parks Permit Office if you hold historical priority use and have not heard from DPR
       
  • October 19: Payment and insurance DUE from Youth/Adult external groups with historical priority status
    • If deadline is not met preliminary permits will be cancelled and put back into inventory available October 22
       
  • October 22: All Youth/Adult external group permits that meet payment/insurance deadline will be Approved by 4:00pm and available on Online Service Center account for printing

  • October 23: Remaining Inventory opened to public; 6:00am online, 8:00am in person

  • November 4: Winter season begins (synthetic turf fields ONLY)

  • November 15: 50% Refund cut-off date for any approved winter season permits that are turned back into inventory

  • March 15: Winter season ends

Park Permit Office: 201 W. Colfax Ave. | Denver, 80202 | Room 1.G.1
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm (closed city holidays)
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Winter Season Field Inventory:

  • Barnum East MU,
  • Lowry Soccer 1, Lowry Soccer 2, Northfield MU
  • Parkfield Football, Parkfield Soccer 1, Parkfield Soccer 2,
  • Valverde Softball 1, Valverde Softball 2, Valverde Softball 3, Valverde Softball 4,
  • Valverde Football 1, Valverde Football 2, Valverde Football 3
    • Valverde Baseball and Football fields overlap so they cannot be permitted at the same time

If you are new to this process or have any questions please contact us at park.permits@denvergov.org.

Check back after December 3, 2018 for details.

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:

Spring-Summer 2019: March 16-August 9

  • Applications can be submitted in person on Feb. 9, 2019 (Draft Day)
  • Remaining inventory for spring season (March 16-May 31) will open on March 5
  • Remaining inventory for summer season (June 1 - August 9) will open on May 21

Fall 2019: August 10-November 1

  • Applications can be submitted in person on July 11 (Draft Day)
  • Remaining inventory will open on August 6

Winter 2019-2020: November 2 - March 14

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

Permits

There are three(3) permitting seasons for tennis courts. Permits are issued ONLY for tennis league play and tournaments. One court at each location must remain open for drop-in use at all times.

Applications are accepted beginning at 6:00a.m. online or 8:00a.m. in-person on the following dates:

  • March 11: Spring season (March 24-May 31)
  • May 13: Summer season (June 1-Aug. 31)
  • August 12: Fall season (Sept. 1-Oct. 31)

Court Lights

Court lights are operational March–October from 5-11p.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

Pickleball courts located at Martin Luther King Jr. Park will follow the tennis court reservation calendar.

Futsal courts located at Garfield Park & Swansea Park are NOT available for reservations and are for drop-in use only.

April 26

 

*Pickleball courts located at Martin Luther King Jr. Park will follow the tennis court reservation calendarReservations for summer season open: 6:00am online; 8:00am in-person at the park permit office

April 26

Notice to all athletic field permit holders:

Effective for the Fall 2016 season immediately, Denver Parks and Recreation will begin to exercise its right to revoke athletic field permits based upon certain permit violations.  Please note that the revocation of an athletic field permit applies to the specific day, time and field associated with the violation for the remainder of the season and automatically results in the loss of historical priority status for same.  These include:

 

 

1.       A sport is being played on a Major Field (Softball/Baseball fields with lights) other than what is stated on the permit - Softball/Baseball/Kickball only

*Argo, Barnum East, Garland, Jackie Robinson, Kennedy, Lawson, Lincoln, M.L. Sandos,

Montbello Central, Northfield, Parkfield, Ruby Hill, Rude, Vanderbilt, Veterans

Consequences:    Administrative Citation (if applicable)

Immediate eviction + permit revocation

 

2.       Adult play is occurring on the athletic field when the permit states it is youth play

Consequences:    Administrative Citation (if applicable)

Immediate eviction + permit revocation

 

3.       Athletic field use occurring while fields are closed

Consequences:    Administrative Citation (if applicable)

Immediate eviction

If during season = permit revocation

If out of season = denial of permit for upcoming season

 

4.       Athletic field Use without a Permit (user has other permits for current and/or upcoming season)

Consequences:    Administrative Citation (if applicable)

Immediate eviction

Permit revocation

 

5.       Permitting Fields and not utilizing the space

Consequences:    Administrative Citation (if applicable)

Permit revocation

*Exceptions: Weather Cancellations, Break between seasons, Coach No-show,

Team Forfeiture

**Denver Parks and Recreation reserves the right to request schedules at any time throughout the season beginning with the 2017 Spring-Summer Season

 

6.       Subletting Fields

Consequences:    Administrative Citation (if applicable)

Permit revocation

 

7.       Unauthorized modification of a designated athletic field

Includes: Creating fields outside of designated area, any type of painting/marking, and Snow Removal

*Beginning with the 2017 Spring-Summer Season

Consequences:    Administrative Citation (if applicable)

                                Immediate eviction + Permit revocation

 

8.       Abuse of Online Reservation System (repeatedly submitting online requests and not making payment by payment deadline)

Consequence:      Loss of Future Permitting Privileges 

 

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
City & County of Denver
201 W Colfax Ave. 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.  For information concerning appeals, citation related questions or to obtain a copy of Rules and Regulations visit the Department of Parks and Recreation website https://www.denvergov.org/parkscitation or email the Parks Department at: ParksRec-Manager@denvergov.org

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
City & County of Denver
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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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

Athletic Field Keys: 720.913.0700

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.

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