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Athletic Fields & Courts Reservations

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
NOTICE: Permit violation consequences effective for the fall 2016 season immediately.

Permit Information

Winter season: Nov. 6, 2016 - March 17, 2017

Permit Processing Timeline

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

Oct. 3 Preliminary permit email sent to historical/priority youth and adult external groups*
with instructions to view permits online at 4:00pm.
 
Oct. 7 Preliminary permit corrections due from historical/priority youth and adult external groups.
DEADLINE for historical/priority groups to contact parks permit office if they have not already been
contacted by permitting staff.
 
Oct. 14 DEADLINE for all historical/priority youth and adult external groups to provide payment and insurance.
Oct. 17
All youth/adult external group permits that meet payment and insurance deadline approved by 4:00pm
and available online for printing.
Oct. 19
Remaining inventory opened to the public: 6:00am online | 8:00am in-person at the parks permit office
 
Nov. 6 Winter season begins
Mar. 17 Winter season ends

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Winter field inventory:*external groups are any group who is NOT a Denver Parks & Recreation, Denver Public School or Denver Police league.

Please note that Valverde softball and football fields overlap and therefore cannot be permitted simultaneously.

Questions: park.permits@denvergov.org
Office hours: 8:00AM - 4:00PM | Monday-Friday (excluding city holidays)
201 W. Colfax Ave. | Room 1.G.1

Permit Processing Timeline

Baseball, softball, synthetic fields: March 18 - August 11
Grass & mixed-use fields: March 25 - August 11

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

December 18
Preliminary permits emailed to youth& adult external* groups that hold historical priority status.
 
January 13    Preliminary permit corrections and any 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 23

“Reserved List" will be placed on website along with Draft Day details
January 27
DRAFT DAY - PPA EVENT CENTER
This is a staff-facilitated opportunity to submit requests prior to March 15
 
February 3
Preliminary permits email sent to youth/adult external groups who attended Draft Day to view permits on ActiveNet account**
 
February 10
Preliminary permit corrections due from youth/adult external groups who attended Draft Day
 
March 3               PAYMENT & INSURANCE DEADLINE for 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 15
 
March 13
All Youth/Adult external group permits that meet payment & insurance deadlines will be approved by 4:00pm and available on account for printing 
 
March 15 Remaining inventory opened to public; 6:00am online, 8:00am in person

March 18

Baseball/Softball/Artificial-Synthetic fields open for play

March 25

Grass/Mixed-Use fields open for play

May 28

Last Day of Spring Season (Last day of Soccer play)
May 29
Summer Season Begins
(Youth Soccer camps/clinics/Adult Soccer on designated fields ONLY, see camp/clinic locations list)
 
August 11 Summer Season Ends

 

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

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:

March 29 (spring): DPR Youth, DPS, Denver Police
March 29 (spring): CityWide Sports, baseball & softball fields
April 14 (spring): CityWide Sports, grass & mixed-use fields
June 2 (summer): DPR Youth
June 2 (summer): CityWide Sports, baseball & softball fields
June 23 (summer): 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: Friday, January 27

Draft Day is a DPR staff-facilitated opportunity to submit athletic field requests for the spring-summer 2017 season (March 18 - August 11) PRIOR to field inventory opening to the public  on March 15, 2017

Date: Friday, January 27
Time: 4:45pm Youth organizations | 6:45pm Adult organizations
Location: PPA Event Center | 2105 Decatur St. Denver, CO 80211

No online requests will be accepted. Attendance is mandatory to participate in Draft Day.

Draft Day 2017 Resources:

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 2016/2017: (synthetic turf fields only): November 6 – March 17

  • Reservation requests accepted beginning October 19, 2016


Spring/Summer 2017: 
March 18 - August 11

  • Reservation requests accepted beginning January 27, 2017 (Draft Day)
  • Remaining Inventory opened: March 15, 2017
  • Internal Turnback Dates:

March 29 (spring): DPR Youth, DPS, Denver Police
March 29 (spring): CityWide Sports, baseball & softball fields
April 14 (spring): CityWide Sports, grass & mixed-use fields
June 2 (summer): DPR Youth
June 2 (summer): CityWide Sports, baseball & softball fields
June 23 (summer): 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


Fall 2017:
August 12 - November 5

  • Reservations requests accepted beginning July 14, 2017 (Draft Day)
  • Remaining Inventory opened: August 9, 2017
  • Internal Turnback Date: TBD

There are three permitting seasons for tennis courts:

  • Spring: March 1 - May 31
  • Summer: June 1 - August 15
  • Fall: August 16 - October 31

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.

 Feb.22   Reservations for the spring season open: 6:00am online; 8:00am in-person at the park permit office
   Spring Court Closures: Barnum Court 1-2, Godsman Court 1-2, Schafer Court 1
   Spring inventory
 April 26   Reservations for the summer season open: 6:00am online; 8:00am in-person at the park permit office
   Summer court closures: TBD
 June 28  Reservations for fall season open: 6:00am online; 8:00am in-person at the park permit office
   Fall court closures: TBD

 

Pickleball courts located at Martin Luther King Jr. Park will follow the tennis cour 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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Spring-Summer Season: March 18 - August 11

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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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