The River Forest Park District sells annual passes for use of the four platform tennis courts in Keystone Park. Annual passes run from September 1 to August 31. The courts are open to pass holders 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 11:00 pm. Pass holders have access to the Keystone Center Warming Hut the day after Labor Day until April 15, 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 PADDLE HUT IS OPEN
Effective Monday, February 28, the Governor has ordered that the State's indoor mask mandate be partially lifted based on declining COVID metrics. The Cook County Health Department has announced it is following the Governor's order, plus lifting the proof of vaccination requirement for indoor facilities where food and drink are served. Barring any last minute changes, the River Forest Park District will follow suit by removing the indoor mask mandate and opening the paddle hut for Pass Holders without restrictions.
We understand that some individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask and ask that everyone be respectful of one another's decision.
2022 Summer Season
2021/2022 River Forest Platform Tennis Season
- River Forest residents may register online or by contacting Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 708-366-6660 x100.
- Returning 2020/2021 non-resident Pass Holders may register by contacting Jen at email@example.com or at 708-366-6660 x100.
Pass Holder Types/Rates:
Resident: $225 (3432.2212)
Non-Resident: $281 (33432.2212)
Oak Park Resident: $256 (3432.2213)
A Platform Tennis Pass provides the following benefits:
- Access to the platform tennis courts and the platform tennis court reservation system.
- Participation in platform tennis socials and events.
- Access to register for the Park District Platform Tennis Travel and House Leagues, Clinics, and Drills.
- A FOB key allowing access to the Keystone Center & bathrooms the day after Labor Day to April 15.
Platform Tennis Pass Holder Guidelines
In-house Fall, Winter and Spring Men's and Women's Platform Tennis Leagues are available to platform tennis passholders who register. There are additional fees for each league. Please note that you must be a River Forest Platform Passholder to register for the Platform Tennis League.
For Platform Tennis House League Information, please view the Fun Guide.
Women's Monday House League
WOMEN'S Wednesday HOUSE LEAGUE
Men's Sunday House League
Platform Tennis Game Rules
The Park District offers group platform tennis lessons throughout the year. A platform tennis annual pass is NOT required to register for lessons.
Registration will be available online. Please note that use of the platform tennis courts by non-passholders is limited to the registered lesson day and time.
Check the season's Fun Guide for more information.
Online Court Reservations
Please note our Reservation Guidelines when making a platform tennis court reservation:
- When making an online reservation, a minimum of 3 pass holders must be included on the reservation. If you are unsure of the 4th person, you may use the "Member Filler 1" to fill this spot.
- Each Pass Holder is allowed to play in (1) prime time reservation per week. The prime time hours are: Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am to 6:00pm.
- Each pass holder is allowed to make non-prime time reservations for other times not listed above; however, is not allowed to make/or be part of more than one reservation per day. The Park District will be monitoring the online reservation system daily. If a pass holder's name is seen in duplicate time slots on the same day, those duplicate reservations will be deleted from the system.
- Guests: If a reservation includes the use of the"Guest 1 $5.00", the pass holder is required to email Jennifer Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org to notify her of the name of the guest and a contact phone number to arrange the $5.00 credit card guest payment. This email must be sent at the time of making the reservation. If an email is not sent notifying the Park District of a guest, the reservation will be deleted from the system.
Platform Tennis Committee
The River Forest Park District Platform Tennis Program Committee is a group of River Forest Platform Tennis pass holders who support the River Forest Park District platform tennis program. The Committee was created to enhance the quality of platform tennis through volunteerism and contributions.
For more information or to apply to be on the platform tennis committee, please contact the Athletic Manager 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.
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.
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 passholder 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.