The River Forest Park District sells annual memberships for use of the 4 platform tennis courts in Keystone Park. Annual memberships run from September 1 to August 31. The courts are opened to members 7 days a week from 7:00am to 10:30pm. As part of the membership, members have access to the Keystone Center Warming Hut, the opportunity to schedule court time via the online reservation system, and the opportunity to participate in the Park District’s Travel and House Platform Tennis Leagues. The Park District also offers individual and group platform tennis lessons to both members and non-members.
Platform Tennis Committee
The River Forest Park District Platform Tennis Committee is a group of River Forest Platform Tennis Members who support the River Forest Park District Platform Tennis Facility and its programs. The Committee was created to enhance the quality of platform tennis through volunteerism and contributions.
For more information on the Platform Tennis Committee, click here.
For a Platform Tennis Committee application, click here.
For more information on platform tennis, please contact Mitch Bunkofske at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-366-6660 x104
Did you know the Platform Tennis Facility is operated as an Enterprise Fund?
An Enterprise Fund can be established by a governmental entity, to account for operations of an enterprise activity. Enterprise Funds generally are segregated as to purpose and use from other funds and accounts of the governmental entity, with the intent that revenues generated by the enterprise activity and deposited to the enterprise fund will be devoted principally to funding all operations of the enterprise activity, including payment of debt service to finance such activity.
All debt incurred to construct the four platform tennis courts and all annual operating expenses are financed or recovered through user charges. The user charges include the annual membership fees, league fees, lessons, clinics, programs, and merchandise sales. The operating expenses include a portion of staff time for staff who directly manage and maintain the facility, program contractor expenses, maintenance contractor expenses, utility costs, and facility repair/replacements costs.
The cost to construct the four platform tennis courts was $671,795, and repayment of this debt is amortized over a 20-year period. An annual payment of $33,600 is made to debt service from revenues generated from the facility. The construction/operating costs of the Keystone Center, land lease, or interest are not included in the Enterprise Fund calculations.
Click here for the Platform Tennis Financial/Projection Statement.
The Game of Platform Tennis
Platform Tennis, also called paddle, is a racquet sport derived from tennis. The sport was developed as an opportunity for sport enthusiast to play outdoors during the winter months. The court dimensions of 60’x30’ are one quarter of a tennis court, with 12’ of fencing around the court that is part of the play.
The court surface is specifically designed for winter play, consisting of a highly gritty surface to provide better traction in winter weather, and a heater system under the courts to assist with the drying of the courts during a winter snow.
The rules to platform tennis are similar to tennis, however there are distinctive differences. Because of the smaller playing area, and a one serve rule, play is far more continuous than tennis. As a result, even in subfreezing temperatures, players work up a sweat fairly quickly and maintain it until play is stopped.
The growth of platform tennis in the Chicago area has been steady over the past decade, with over 250 public and private courts in the area and thousands of participants.