Youth tennis lessons

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) offers tennis leagues and lessons at a variety of Durham locations. Leagues and lessons are offered for all ages and abilities.

Tennis Leagues

DPR and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) provide recreational tennis programs for all players, regardless of skill. Visit the Adult Tennis Leagues page for details.

Tennis Lessons

DPR offers both Youth and Adult Tennis lessons.

Tennis Carnivals

Tennis carnivals are designed to introduce individuals of all ages to the tennis programs offered by Durham Parks and Recreation.

Tennis Community Open Play Days

DPR offers free Community Open Play Days on designated tennis courts. The Community Open Play is designed to give free tennis court access to all individuals and families. Courts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we ask that you limit play to 1 hour while others are waiting. Lights will be on an automatic schedule or they can be turned on by a push button/switch. 

Tennis Community Open Play Days will be offered at the following parks:

  • Elmira Avenue Park - Tennis Courts #1 & #2
  • Garrett Road Park - Tennis & Pickleball Court #6
  • Rock Quarry Park - Tennis Courts #1 & #2
  • Southern Boundaries Park - Tennis Courts #7 & #8
  • W.D. Hill Recreation Center - Tennis Court #1
  • Whippoorwill Park - Tennis Courts #1 & #2

Visit our ActiveNet page for the current availability, light schedule and locations.

Tennis Court Rentals

Visit the Athletic Rentals page for details on renting a tennis court.

Assigned Pickleball & Tennis Times at Bethesda Park

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) has assigned designated times for tennis and pickleball players to share the outdoor courts.  The schedule below will run from March 8, 2023, through June 30, 2023, at which time DPR will evaluate the times and future needs.  

Tennis Designated Times - Courts 1 & 2: 

  • Monday, 2:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, not available
  • Thursday, 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday,  2:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday,  2:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Sunday,  7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 Pickleball Designated Times - Courts 1,2,3,4,5,6: 

  • Monday,  7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday,  2:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. (DPR Program starts Wednesday, March 14, 2023)
  • Wednesday,  7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (DPR Program starts Wednesday, March 8, 2023) 
  • Wednesday 2:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, 2:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. 
  • Friday,  7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  
  • Saturday,  7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  
  • Sunday,  2:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.  

Bethesda Park Tennis/Pickleball courts will be closed for DPR Programming on December 2nd, 3rd, and 14th, 2023.  

Pickleball and Tennis Designated Times Include:

Note:  DPR has the ability to assign permits based on the availability of courts to minimally disturb open play for both sports and can cross over designated times. 

Tennis Court Information

ParkNumber of Tennis CourtsNumber of Lighted Tennis Courts10 & Under Lines8 & Under LinesPickleball Lines
Bethesda Park22NoNoNo
East End Park44NoNoNo
Elmira Avenue Park88NoNoNo
Forest Hills Park44YesYesYes
Garrett Road Park66YesYesYes
Morreene Road Park55NoNoNo
Northgate Park20NoNoNo
Oval Drive Park20NoNoNo
Piney Wood Park40NoNoNo
Rock Quarry Park88YesYesNo
Southern Boundaries Park88YesYesNo
Whippoorwill Park88YesYesNo