Elworthy Field Use

Community Use
Pursuant to a Lease Agreement with the Board of Education of the Grosse Pointe Public School System the City of Grosse Pointe is responsible for all recreation opportunities and events that are held at Elworthy Field’s Recreation Facilities. These facilities are maintained and managed under the direction of the City of Grosse Pointe for recreational opportunities for the Grosse Pointe Public School System Community.

Classification of Users

Sponsored events held by the Grosse Pointe Public School System and the City of Grosse Pointe will have first priority for use of the recreation facilities with the exception of Little League and the Little League Diamonds. Little League Diamonds (Fields E1 and E2) in accordance with the Lease Agreement will be strictly used for Little League purposes only. The priority of other uses for City recreational facilities is divided into four classes. A fee schedule may be implemented by the City to help defray the cost of the recreational facilities and to preserve the parks and recreation budget.

Class I – The City of Grosse Pointe and the Grosse Pointe Public School System
This includes actual City/School District recreation programs, functions, and special events. This can also include actual City/School committees or groups affiliated with the
City/School District as determined by the City Council or City Administration. No fees are assessed for Class I groups.

Class I Sub-Group
 – The City of Grosse Pointe’s Neighborhood Club will receive priority after City/School District Sponsored events in use of the Tennis Courts, Softball Diamond, and Soccer Field.

Class II – City of Grosse Pointe Groups and Organizations
This would include community groups using the Elworthy Field facilities that contain a majority of persons who reside in the Grosse Pointe Public School District. Community groups and organizations can also be designated by City Council when they provide substantial recreation or service to the City of Grosse Pointe and/or the Grosse Pointe Public School District. These groups may be charged rental fees and they must pay for all additional labor costs incurred by the City.

Class III – Individual Residents of the Grosse Pointe Public School District
This classification would consist of residents of the Grosse Pointe Public School District when less than 50% of the group resides in the Grosse Pointe Public School District. Rental fees would be established by the City Council and be assessed to Class III users.

Class IV – Commercial and Private Groups
This includes groups who operate for personal or private use. These groups will pay a rental fee plus all labor costs. The activity shall not directly compete with a City/School program. Rentals by private or profit-making groups will be permitted only when the anticipated use is not harmful to the public image of the City and will not result in misuse, overuse or abuse of City property.

For more detailed information, please click here to download the full Permit Policy or here to download the application.

Elworthy Field Platform Tennis

Membership Procedures
To gain access to the platform tennis/pickleball courts, individuals must obtain a yearly membership. These memberships provide the holder with a key card with which to access the courts year round and the ability to reserve a court. Completed membership applications and payment may be returned to City Hall during business hours, or dropped in the stainless steel drop box at your convenience. You will receive a letter confirming your membership.

The 2023-2024 membership application can be found by clicking HEREThe 2023-2024 membership begins Sunday, October 1, 2023. 

Reservation Procedures

The City will accept reservations for the platform tennis courts located at Elworthy Field. The courts will be available Monday-Sunday, from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.  Members may reserve one court per day for up to an hour and a half. Reservations will be accepted up to three days in advance.

Members who wish to play without reserving a court may use the courts dependent upon availability. Unreserved courts are available on a first-come, first served basis. For court availability, please check the reservation board online.

Reservations may be made by submitting via our online platform or emailing directly to parks@grossepointecity.org.

To use the online platform, please submit all reservations using the page located HEREYou will need to provide your name, membership number, email address and requested date and time. Reservation submissions are limited to one submission, per member, per requested playing time.

Reservations will be confirmed directly to your email address and then posted on the Platform Tennis/Pickleball Calendar located on the reservation submission page.

For evening play, reservations must be made by 3:00 PM on that day. Reservations for Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday and Monday must be made by Friday at 3:00 PM. Reservations for Saturday and Sunday will not be accepted on the weekends.

Please refer to the schedule below when making reservations. Reservations will be accepted no more than 3 days in advance, with the weekends being considered one day.

To play on:                                  The earliest reservation can be made on:

Monday                                      -->                      Wednesday

Tuesday                                      -->                      Saturday

Wednesday                              -->                      Sunday

Thursday                                   -->                      Monday

Friday                                          -->                      Tuesday

Saturday                                    -->                      Wednesday

Sunday                                       -->                      Wednesday

The park offices will be closed on the following days and will not accept reservations or update the reservation boards.

Weekends                                                    New Year's Eve
Thanksgiving                                               New Year's Day
Day After Thanksgiving                          Martin Luther King Day
Christmas Eve                                             Presidents' Day
Christmas Day                                              Good Friday

Platform Tennis/Pickleball Rules and General Information
All members will be provided with a key card with which to gain access to the courts. These cards are renewable each year and lost cards will be assessed a $5 replacement fee. Lost cards will be deactivated. Please do not prop the gate open.

All court lights must be off by 10:00 PM

The court heaters are to dry the courts and are not to be used during play to provide heat. For heavy snows, please shovel off the courts prior to running the heaters.

The equipment locker contains balls, snow shovels, lost and found items and other equipment. Please return all equipment to the locker after use. If you notice any equipment is missing or damaged, please contact the park office as soon as possible.

Platform Tennis and Pickleball are the ONLY games allowed to be played on the courts. If you notice courts being used for other purposes, or accessed without use of a key card, please contact the City of Grosse Pointe Parks and Recreation Office immediately.