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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

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:




Preliminary permit email sent to Youth/Adult external groups with historical priority to view permits on ActiveNet account**

September 20


Preliminary permit corrections due from Youth/Adult external groups with historical priority DEADLINE* to contact Parks Permit Office if you hold historical priority use and have not heard from us

October 11

PAYMENT & INSURANCE DEADLINE* Youth/Adult groups with historical priority If deadline is not met preliminary permits will be cancelled and put back into inventory.


October 14


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


October 15


Remaining Inventory opened to public; 6:00am online, 8:00am in person***


November 3


Winter season begins (Synthetic Fields ONLY)


March 20


Winter season ends

Spring/Summer Timeline will be updated by December 1st, 2019

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

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Location: PPA Event Center

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 (TBD)
  • Remaining inventory for spring season (March 16-May 31) will open on TBD
  • Remaining inventory for summer season (June 1-August 9) will open on TBD

Fall 2020: August 10 - November 1

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


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 9: Spring season (March 23-May 31)
  • April 27: Summer season (June 1-Aug. 30)
  • July 27: Fall season (Aug. 31-Oct. 30)

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 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.

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:


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:

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

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

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

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