Platform Tennis

The River Forest Park District sells annual memberships for use of the 2 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.  The Committee shall serve in an advisory capacity and shall represent the needs of the platform tennis membership.
 
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 Copus at acopus@rfparks.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.

 

Here is a Self-assessment tool provided by the American Platform Tennis Association that provides insight into what higher-level skills look like, as well as where you currently stand. It’s great for developing your skills. Click here to try it out.

 

Here is a good description to help you interpret the skill levels. Click here to view the description.

 

 

 River Forest Platform Tennis

Memberships

Memberships are available for purchase at The Depot, 401 Thatcher Avenue, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, or online under the Register tab.  

New Member rates are $193/resident, $241/non-residents, and $216 Oak Park and Forest Park residents. (includes $10 Refundable Deposit for FOB key).  

Returning Member rates are $183/resident, $228/non-residents, $203/Oak Park and Forest Park residents

Junior Memberships rates (ages 7-20) are $86/resident and $108/non-residents. Junior memberships do not include a FOB key. No family memberships will be available.  

Memberships includes use access to the Platform Tennis Courts and Paddle Hut, the opportunity to schedule court time via the online reservation system, the opportunity to register for platform tennis league play, and platform tennis event and social opportunities.  

Click Here for the Platform Tennis Registration Form  

Click here for the Platform Tennis Rules

League Play

In-house Fall and Spring Men’s and Women’s Platform Tennis Leagues are available to the first 40 men and 40 women platform tennis members who register. The individual league fee is $26/member. Please note that you must be a River Forest Platform Member to register for the Platform Tennis League.

Click Here for Platform Tennis House League Information

Lessons

The Park District offers group platform tennis lessons throughout the year. A platform tennis membership is NOT required to register for lessons.

Registration will be available online or at The Depot. Please note that use of the platform tennis courts by non-members is limited to the registered lesson day and time.

Check the season's Fun Guide for more information.

Online Court Reservations

Click Here to Reserve a Court

To use this system, you must be a River Forest Platform Tennis member, know your member ID number, and have the names of the other 3 players. If one of the players is a non-member, a $5.00 per play fee is required to the Park District in advance. Payment can be made at The Depot or by calling 708-366-6660 Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm. Each member is allowed to bring up to four (4) non-members per year If you forgot you member ID number, please call 708-366-6660 x104.

Rules of the Platform Tennis Court Reservation System

1. Online reservations are scheduled in 1-1/2 hour time slots.

2. Each member is allowed one (1) prime reservation per week.

Prime time hours are:

Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm–10:30pm.

Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am–noon.

3. Each Member is allowed to make non-prime time reservations for other times not listed above.

4. Members are limited to 1-1/2 hour time slot, and may not piggyback slots.

  Please print a copy of your online reservation as a confirmation of your reserved court time in case of any conflicts. Platform tennis racquets are availabe for rent for $1.00/day, plus a $100.00 refundaable deposit. Platform tennis racquets can be picked up/dropped off at The Depot, 401 Tahtcher Avenue, River Forest, M-F, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

For more information on the platform tennis courts or platform tennis, please contact Aly Copus at 708-366-6660 x104 or at acopus@rfparks.com.

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