The River Forest Park District sells annual memberships for use of the four 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 7:00 am to 10:30 pm. 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.
*Due to COVID-19, the Paddle Hut will be restricted to restroom use only.
Memberships (9/1/20-8/31/21) are available for purchase online.
New Member rates are $238/resident, $281/non-residents, and $256/Oak Park and Forest Park residents (includes $10 refundable deposit for FOB key). *New members will be notified of fob key pickup days.
Returning Member rates are $228/resident, $271/non-residents, $246/Oak Park and Forest Park residents.
Junior Memberships rates (ages 7-20) are $99/resident and $124/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, 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. Due to COVID-19, the Paddle Hut will be restricted to restroom use only.
Click here for the Platform Tennis Rules
In-house Fall, Winter and Spring Men's and Women's Platform Tennis Leagues are available to platform tennis members who register. There are additional fees for each league. Please note that you must be a River Forest Platform Member to register for the Platform Tennis League.
For Platform Tennis House League Information, please see the Fall Fun Guide.
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. 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.
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 available for rent for $1.00/day, plus a $100.00 refundable deposit. Platform tennis racquets can be picked up/dropped off at The Depot, 401 Thatcher 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 the Athletic Manager at 708-366-6660 x104.
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 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 membership 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.