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 Aly Graham at email@example.com or 708-366-6660 x104
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.