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.
Paddle Hut will open on Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Keystone East Construction Project
Work to replace the Keystone East tennis courts and batting cages is scheduled to begin on October 1st. Access for the project will be off Central Avenue which will result in reduced parking at the site. The park entrance at Lake St. and Forest Avenue will be closed so access to the platform tennis courts will only be via Central Avenue. The project is expected to generate noise and dust during construction hours; however, will have minimal impact on the use of the platform tennis courts and the paddle hut. The project is scheduled to take 8 weeks to complete.
2022/2023 River Forest Platform Tennis Season
- River Forest residents may register online or by contacting Jen at email@example.com or at 708-366-6660 x100.
- Returning 2021/2022 non-resident Pass Holders may register by contacting Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 708-366-6660 x100.
Pass Holder Types/Rates
- Resident: $225 (3432.2821)
- Non-Resident: $281 (3432.2821)
- Oak Park/Forest Park Resident: $256 (3432.2822)
- Resident: $215 (3432.2823)
- Non-Resident: $271 (3432.2823)
- Oak Park/Forest Park Resident: $246 (3432.2824)
- Resident: $100 (3432.2825)
- Non-Resident: $125 (3432.2825)
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.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Platform Tennis Finances
The financial management of the platform tennis facility is unique from other Park District programs as it's a membership based program, and the program required construction of the courts that was financed through the Park District's Capital Improvement Funds.
Since its inception, the platform tennis facility has been designed to be self-sustaining and have no financial impact on the taxpayers. 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 pass holder fees, league fees, lessons, clinics, programs, and merchandise sales. The operating expenses include a portion of staff time of staff that directly manage and maintain the facility, program contractor expenses, maintenance contractor expenses, utility costs, and facility repair & replacement 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 through 2032, then reduced to $19,600 through 2037 is made to debt service from the revenues generated from the facility. The facility has met its debt repayment obligations every year.
In 2021, the overall finances of the platform tennis program/courts operated in a net surplus. As a result:
- An additional $20,000 was made to the debt payment out of the 2020-2021 budget.