Platform Tennis courts

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 passholders 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 11:00 pm. Passholders 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.

Platform tennis courts #1 & #3 are available to all residents for "Open Play Hours" from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Thursday.

The Park District offers individual and group platform tennis lessons to both passholders and non-passholders.

2021/2022 River Forest Platform Tennis Season

2021/2022 Platform Tennis Annual Passes can be purchased beginning Monday, July 19 for River Forest residents and all Returning 2020/2021 non-resident Pass Holders . All other registration for an Annual Pass will begin on Monday, August 16.

  • River Forest residents may register online or by contacting Jen at jsnow@rparks.com or at 708-366-6660 x100.
  • Returning 2020/2021 non-resident Pass Holders may register by contacting Jen at jsnow@rfparks.com or at 708-366-6660 x100.
Registration for the Travel Leagues, Fall House Leagues, Lessons, and Clinics will begin on Monday, August 16 at 8:30 AM. Information on the Travel Leagues, Fall House Leagues, Lessons, and Clinics will be posted on Monday, August 2.

Pass Holder Types/Rates:

New:
Resident: $235 (3432.2210)
Non-Resident: $291 (3432.2210)
Oak Park Resident: $266 (3432.2211)
* Fee includes a $10 refundable deposit for the FOB key.


Returning:

Resident: $225 (3432.2212)
Non-Resident: $281 (33432.2212)
Oak Park Resident: $256 (3432.2213)

Junior
Resident: $100 (3423.2215)
Non-Resident: $125 (3423.2215)


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.

League Information

Women's Monday House League

Schedule

Guidelines


WOMEN'S Wednesday HOUSE LEAGUE


Men's Sunday House League


Platform Tennis Game Rules

View 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.

Register Online

Check the season's Fun Guide for more information.

View the Fun Guide

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 jsnow@rfparks.com 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.
***Online reservations will be allowed to be made 7 days out. Reservations open at 9:00pm***

Register Courts Online

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 on the Platform Tennis Program Committee, click here.

For a Platform Tennis Program Committee application, click here.

For more information on platform tennis, please contact the Athletic Manager at 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.

Platform Tennis Financial/Projection Statement