Athletic Fields

More than 100 athletic fields are available for a variety of uses including lacrosse, rugby, tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, kickball and more. Twenty-two of our softball fields have lights, bleachers and press boxes. Tournaments or leagues are welcome. 

For field maintenance and preparation such as chalk, paint and dragging, download the request form.

Starting January 27, 2015 at 6:00 a.m., you can reserve athletic fields and tennis courts online. Download instructions on how to complete this process.



Fall 2015 Athletic Field/Tennis Courts: View list of reserved DPR athletic facilities. 

Permit Information

Athletic Field/Tennis Court Reservations are now being accepted on a first come, first serve basis for the 2015 Spring/Summer season ONLY. 

The dates currently available are:
March 14 (baseball/softball fields) / March 21 (grass fields) – August 12, 2015.

Permits will only be booked in one (1) hour increments, not on the half-hour, and must be done on the top of the hour, not the half-hour. If we receive a reservation request for a field on the half-hour, it will be adjusted by staff to the prior top of the hour. For example, a 5:30-6:30pm request will be adjusted to 5-6pm. Please ensure you are careful when submitting your request to avoid delays in modifying and re-processing your request.

Please note that only youth athletic groups may permit Central Park Stapleton athletic fields on Saturdays.


Reservations can only be made IN PERSON or ONLINE.

In person reservations will be taken beginning Tuesday, January 27, at 8am. 

Online reservations will be taken beginning Tuesday, January 27, at 6am. 

Reservations may be made in person at the Parks Permit Office, 201 West Colfax Avenue, Room 1.G.1, Denver, Colorado, 80202.  The office is open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm, and is closed on major holidays.


Same day reservation requests can only be made in person and payment must be made at the time of the request.

Reservations may also be made online and are encouraged.  Same day reservation requests CANNOT be made – your online request must be made a minimum of 72 BUSINESS HOURS (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm) prior to your first requested permit date/time.

Please follow the instructions below to make your reservation online:

-Follow these instructions to access our Online Service Center

-Once you have made your reservation request, staff will begin processing your request within 24 business hours

-You will receive an email notification indicating your request is either:

“On Hold” = you must pay for your reservation within 24 hours of this notification and provide a certificate of insurance if requesting 3 or more dates.  Please present the insurance certificate in person or email to park.permits@denvergov.org and reference your permit # in the email. If you do not pay by deadline, your reservation will be cancelled.  If this occurs, you may re-apply.

“Denied/Cancelled” = you have most likely asked for a date outside of the current season, asked for a date under the 72 business hour minimum requirement, you have indicated you wish to use the field/court for a sport/purpose which is not allowed on the field/court you have requested, or you did not pay by the deadline

-You will receive an email notification from ActiveNet within 24 business hours after you pay (and provide insurance if required), indicating that your permit has been approved and is ready for printing

Lights will automatically be added to your charges (for lighted fields – which are indicated by an “L” in ActiveNet) and are required from sunset until the end of your permitted time. You will receive a separate electronic confirmation from staff for your light reservation.


Please keep your permit on your person at all times.

Please review the rules and regulations, as well as information regarding field lining and rain-outs which you will receive with your final permit.

Should you need additional assistance, please contact the Parks Permit Office at 720.913.0700 or park.permits@denvergov.org.

Fall Season: August 13 - November 8

Athletic field and tennis court reservation requests for the Fall 2015 season will be made according to the timeline listed below. 
IMPORTANT: Please review this timeline in its entirety and adhere to its' deadlines.*

  • Reservation requests are initially done according to historical priority status | View list of reserved facilities
  • Once this initial assignment process is complete (August 9), remaining inventory will be open to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis
  • August 10: online** permitting will begin at 6:00AM; in-person permitting at the Parks Permit Office will begin at 8:00AM


If you are new to this process or have questions on this process, please contact us at park.permits@denvergov.org or stop by our office:
Parks Permit Office
201 West Colfax Avenue, Room 1.G.1
Denver, Colorado, 80202.  

The office is open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm, and is closed on city holidays.


DENVER PARKS & RECREATION(DPR) - ATHLETIC PERMIT TIMELINE
2015 Fall Season: August 13 - November 8
deadlines are at 4:00PM unless otherwise noted

Note: External group = NOT a DPR, Denver Public School or Police Athletic League program

June 29 Preliminary permits sent to youth and external groups who hold historical priority from fall 2014
July 6 DUE: Preliminary permit corrections from youth and adult external groups***
July 10 DUE: Payment for youth and adult external groups with historical priority
July 15 Final permits approved and sent to youth and adult external groups
July 16 List of unavailable fields and dates sent to all groups with current Online Service Center account in preparation for DRAFT DAY
July 18 DRAFT DAY (youth-AM; adult-PM): Location TBD.
DRAFT DAY is the opportunity for any youth and adult group to view available inventory, reserve dates and work out conflicts with other groups requesting the same field/day/time. DRAFT DAY is not mandatory but highly recommended, as remaining inventory will open to the general public on August 10.
July 27 Preliminary permits sent to external groups' reservation requests that were submitted on DRAFT DAY.
July 29 DUE: Preliminary permit corrections*** (DRAFT DAY participants)
August 5 DUE: Payment (DRAFT DAY participants)
August 9 Final permits approved and sent (DRAFT DAY participants)
August 10 Remaining inventory opened to the public on a first-come, first served basis.
6:00AM- online; 8:00AM- in-person at the Parks Permit Office
August 13 Fields/Courts open for play
November 8 Fields/Courts close for play

*Especially important due dates to note: July 6, July 10, July 29, August 5
**Online permitting instructions will be available by August 9, 2015
***Instructions will be provided on how to submit corrections. Please DO NOT email permit corrections.


Fall Turnback Dates for Internal Groups

Any fields turned back will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning:

August 25 (DPR Adult Softball)
  • Barnum North
  • Kennedy
  • Lawson
  • Lincoln
  • Ruby Hill
  • Veterans
  • Vanderbilt 

 August 28
(DPR Youth Sports)
  • All fields/courts

 September 8
(DPR Adult Kickball)
  • City Park
  • Congress Park
  • Hirshorn Park
  • Rude Park 



Timeline and other permitting information will be posted on this page on September 1, 2015.

Only artificial turf fields are available for permitting during the winter season.

Spring/Summer 2016 season information will be posted on December 1, 2015.

Contact Us

201 W. Colfax Ave

Dept 1.G.1 (1st floor)

Denver, CO 80202 

Office Hours
M-F 8am - 4pm

Phone: (720) 913-0700
Fax: (720) 913-0778
park.permits@denvergov.org

East District
(720) 865-0873

Northeast District
(303) 373-8700

Northwest District
(303) 458-4788

Southwest District
(303) 937-4638

View information for weather, lights, press boxes, keys, maintenance and more.

Weather Hotline
(720) 865-0385

Athletic Field Keys
(720) 913-0700

Park Rangers
720-913-1311

Weather Hotline
(720) 865-0385

Field closures due to inclement weather will be available by 2pm on weekdays; 7:30am on weekends.

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