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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

Athletic Field Permit Processing Timeline: Spring and Summer 2019

Spring: March 16 – May 31
Summer: June 1 – August 9

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

  • May 31: Spring season ends

  • June 1: Summer season begins

  • August 9: Summer season ends

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

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

Date: Thursday, July 11
Location: PPA Event Center
Time: Youth Orgs., 5:30pm (doors open at 5:15pm) | Adult Orgs., 7:15pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

Fall season: August 10 - November 2 | Grass, mixed-use fields, baseball, softball, synthetic fields

Permit Processing Timeline:

June 10


Preliminary permits emailed to youth and adult external* groups that hold historical priority status.
 

June 21  

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


July 5


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

July 11


DRAFT DAY - PPA EVENT CENTER
This is a staff-facilitated opportunity to submit requests prior to August 6

July 19


Preliminary permits email sent to youth/adult external groups who attended Draft Day to view permits on ActiveNet account (instructions included)


July 26


Preliminary permit corrections due from youth/adult external groups who attended Draft Day


August 2              


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

August 5


All Youth/Adult external group permits that meet payment & insurance deadlines will be approved by 4:00pm and available on account for printing 
 

August 6

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


August 10


Grass/Mixed-Use fields & Baseball/Softball/Artificial-Synthetic fields open for play

 

August 10 - 11

 

Summer season ends/Fall season begins

 

November 2

 

Fall season ends

Please check back after September 1 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 14

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

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

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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