Frequently Asked Questions: Denver Tennis Park

The Denver Tennis Park is a collaborative initiative between the Denver Tennis Park (a nonprofit dedicated to youth tennis), Denver Public Schools and the University of Denver. The three entities have been engaged in the development of the first publicly accessible youth-centered all-weather facility in the Denver region. The initiative leverages 2.7 acres at All-City Stadium.

  • Total project cost is $14.2 million, including $3.1 million of All-City site drainage work.
  • Tennis facility construction funds are provided by charitable contributions raised through fundraising initiatives of the Denver Tennis Park, a non-profit, and the University of Denver.
  • DPS’ 2012 bond program funds, intended for this purpose, will pay for part of the site drainage costs. DPS had planned to complete the All-City drainage project prior to the tennis center opportunity. The Denver Tennis Park will contribute an additional $1 million for the drainage.
  • Access to an all-weather, NCAA Division 1 qualified facility.
  • Priority access to 10,000 guaranteed court-hours annually – more than 10% of total. Additional priority access to unprogrammed court time throughout the year. Off-site tennis programs throughout the district.
  • Year-round facility for South High School and all DPS boys’ and girls’ high school tennis teams. This allows both in-season and off-season practice/play, and will help alleviate weather challenges.
  • All teams have the ability to schedule preseason scrimmages and host tournaments.
  • DPS coaches may refer students into Denver Tennis Park advanced development programs facilitated by scholarships.
  • Professional development opportunities for DPS coaches – potential for sharing of expertise and coaching observations with collegiate coaches.
  • Denver Tennis Park staff will reach out to DPS elementary and middle schools to provide tennis clinics and enrichment programs, both at schools and at the Denver Tennis Park year-round.
  • Comprehensive drainage solution for the entire All-City site will reduce flooding and adverse effects on other All-City sports facilities.
  • Upgraded parking – new lighting, enhanced entry/access lanes,  improved ADA accommodation.
  • One-third of the Pump House field is unavailable for 10 weeks this fall to allow for drainage installation. Phased construction ensures there is no permanent loss of any existing facilities or fields. The only long-term change to the site is that the shot-put/discus facility moves to an alternative location at All-City.
  • Temporary modifications to access routes and sports events. With exception of parking lot, all playing fields and sports facilities remain open for student use for project duration.
  • Net reduction of approximately 40 spaces (11% reduction) in parking; improved access points (dedicated entry and exit); improvements to east All-City parking lot.
  • A new, All-City district tennis facility.

The funding for the tennis facility is not DPS money. It is philanthropically funded. The $2 million that DPS is contributing is for $3 million of required drainage work at All-City facility.

No. DU and DPS have equal priority access to the facility of up to 10,000 priority court hours annually. DU and DPS have identical usage rights.

DPS, DU and the Denver Tennis Park signed a facility use agreement for all to follow. DU and DPS have equal priority as the “core customers’”of this facility. There will be an annual scheduling exercise (as is the case for all DPS facilities) and DPS, DU and the Denver Tennis Park will participate.

  • A first-class, all-weather indoor and outdoor tennis facility with opportunities for community access.
  • Improved parking layout to ease congestion and foster safety.
  • Regular and sustained interaction between DPS, DU and the Denver Tennis Park since 2014.
  • DPS supervised the 2014 master planning exercise and involved dozens of stakeholders, internal and external to DPS (including South, DPS athletics and DPS facilities staff as well as Denver Parks and Recreation).
  • Active and ongoing engagement facilitated by the Denver Tennis Park between PCL (the contractor), DU, Denver Tennis Park and DPS project managers, the director of planning, and numerous DPS and South  resources.
  • Ongoing engagement with South principals and the athletics director.  Also with DPS athletics,  coaches, players, PE teachers and afterschool enrichment staff.
  • Four community meetings – March 23 and 24, 2015; April 24, 2017; Sept. 13, 2017.
  • South student meeting with DPS Board President Anne Rowe, DPS staff and Denver Tennis Park staff – Sept. 6, 2017 (additional meeting scheduled for Nov. 8, 2017).
  • Active engagement with South PTA president – Oct. 10, 2017
  • Broad distribution of flyers to neighborhood, Denver Post articles (2), multiple Washington Park Profile articles and Nextdoor Washington Park updates.
  • Sustained interaction between the Denver Tennis Park and the Washington Park East Neighborhood Association (WPENA) and Tim McHugh (Board President). Presentations at HOA meetings in 2016 and 2017.
  • DPS Board of Education discussed the project publicly on multiple occasions and voted unanimously to approve the concept and the terms of the Denver Tennis Park agreement in August 2015.

7 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays.

Projected opening is October 2018.

Please visit denvertennispark.org to learn more. For questions or concerns specific to DPS, please reach out to Trace Faust at trace_faust@dpsk12.org.

Images courtesy of Denver Tennis Park, Inc.