The Flats Platform Tennis Center was developed and built by the Cleveland Platform Tennis Foundation, a 501(c)(3), located in Ohio, with the mission to advance platform tennis growth and development in Northeast Ohio by increasing public access and awareness, supporting meaningful lifelong engagement in the sport, and encouraging a cross generational social environment.
To grow the game in Northeast Ohio, we aim to overcome geographic and financial barriers by building the Flats facility in this central location, easily accessible to downtown residents & employees, and neighborhoods on the west side, where there are no other accessible paddle courts. We offer competitively priced memberships, available to everyone. We are also committed to offering members of the community the opportunity to learn the game through scheduled free clinics and events.
Once our facility is open, these will be your Benefits of Membership:
- Court time included with membership at no additional cost
- Reserve courts up to 7 days in advance
- Reserve up to 2 courts per day
- Reduced rates for clinics & lessons
- Priority access to special events
- Access to local League Play (with the purchase of a GCPTA membership)
- Access to tournaments through the APTA (included with the purchase of a GCPTA membership)
Memberships Categories & Pricing (note Pre-Opening League Play Memberships are available only as a one-payment option):
- Under 30 Individual Membership, $500 one payment or $45.00 monthly
- 30 & Over Individual Membership, $800 one payment or $75.00 monthly
- Under 35 Family Membership,, $900 one payment or $85.00 monthly
- 35 & Over Family Membership, $1,350 one payment or $125.00 monthly
All memberships are one year memberships.
We're now offering a Pre-Opening League Play Membership. Join the Flats Platform Tennis Center (FPTC) now, and you can play in the Greater Cleveland Platform Tennis Association (GCPTA) leagues this season (these include Men's Tuesday Interclub & Thursday Draft League, and Women's Wednesday Draft League & Thursday Box League). All PRE-OPENING, LEAGUE PLAY MEMBERSHIPS begin on the day of purchase, and will last for 365 days from our official Opening Day. This means you'll get 13, 14, or 15 months for the price of 12. By joining before October 1st, you'll be eligible to sign up for Greater Cleveland Platform Tennis Association (GCPTA) Leagues. Additional fees required for GCPTA membership and leagues. (Note: these Pre-Opening League Play Memberships are available only with a one time payment option.)
As with any club, you'll have to join the GCPTA, and pay the league fees to play in the leagues.
New to the game, or not ready for league play just yet?
Don't worry, once we open, we'll have plenty of opportunities for you to try the game for FREE. Keep checking our website for updates.
Become a member! While there will be plenty of opportunities to play for free, to make court reservations, play in leagues, and bring guests, you need to be a member.
Your membership begins on the day of purchase, and will last for 365 days from our official Opening Day. This means you'll get 13, 14, or 15 months for the price of 12. By joining before October 1st, you'll be eligible to sign up for Greater Cleveland Platform Tennis Association (GCPTA) Leagues. Additional fees required for GCPTA membership and leagues. Click here for info on GCPTA Leagues.
Your membership will be activated whatever day you sign up and pay either the entire annual amount, or your first monthly installment…and will last for 365 days.
Monthly payments will be available for memberships purchased on Opening Day or later. Pre-Opening League Play Memberships require a one-time full payment.
No, our memberships are annual, which is good, because paddle is a great game in all kinds of weather.
No. As a member, you can reserve up to 2 courts per day, every day of the week, at no cost!
Just prior to Opening Day, you'll have access to our court booking software and will be able to easily make court reservations through your computer or by using an app on your phone.
You sure can! For our first month of operation, guests will be welcomed for FREE (we want you to get all your friends addicted to paddle). After that, there’ll be a $10 charge for each guest on a reservation. These charges will be billed to your credit card on file. If your game is rained out, you'll receive a credit on your Flats membership account to use for future guests.
You’ll be able to book courts 7 days in advance, plenty of time to get out of going to dinner at your in-law’s.
There will be loads of opportunities to meet other members! The Flats Platform Tennis Center will be part of the Greater Cleveland Platform Tennis Association and all members will be eligible to play in all the Leagues offered (men’s, women’s, mixed). We’ll also run weekly “Learn-to-Play” clinics, Drop In Play times (where you won’t need a partner, you can just come and join a game) and Member Mash-Ups, where you’ll sign up for a weekly game and show up to play with other randomly assigned members.
Yes, there will be scheduled times when non-members can show up and play. Part of the mission of the Cleveland Platform Tennis Foundation is to increase access to the game, so there will be some Free play times for non-members. However, non-members won’t have the ability to reserve a court, or choose who they’re playing with during our Free offerings. You'll also need a membership to have access to joining all the area leagues organized by the Greater Cleveland Platform Tennis Association.
Yep, anyone can join! You don’t need a sponsor and there’s no lengthy application process. All you need to do is choose either an individual or family membership, then your age will determine which price you qualify for. All memberships are handled through this website, where we accept either credit card or e-check payments.
Good question! Over the past 3 years, the fundraising efforts of the Cleveland Platform Tennis Foundation have been devoted to building the Flats facility. Our Membership Dues will be used to fund the operating budget for the facility (these costs include: our monthly lease on the property, gas, electric, part time staffing and additional expenses.) It may be easier to compare us with a YMCA...we're both non-profits, but we both charge for memberships. Typically the cost of joining a YMCA is less than a private club or gym, just as we've tried to make our membership fee more affordable and easier to join than other private options in the area.
There are 3 critical pieces of equipment required: a paddle, a paddle ball and a pair of tennis shoes. For beginners who want to try it out, we'll have loaner paddles and used balls available on site.
The Flats Platform Tennis Center was developed through a volunteer board of the Cleveland Platform Tennis Center with the goal of increasing access to the sport of platform tennis, aka, paddle, and a big part of that is making sure we offer affordable memberships. In order to keep our membership dues low, we need to keep our operating budget low. We also want all our members to feel a sense of community and responsibility. To reach both of these goals, we’ll encourage a modest time commitment from each member of 8 service hours per year. We’ll have loads of ways for members to fulfill their service hours, through participation in our after-school youth mentoring program, assisting with some our our free programming, volunteering during tournaments, and cleaning and maintenance around the facility, just to name a few.
The courts are rising from the ground and about 85% complete. Once they're finished, our hut/schoolhouse builder will get to work. We know there are a few more hurdles to cross (construction timing, material delays, final permits), but still hopeful to play before the snow flies!
We’re in the Flats. We’re the western-most paddle facility in Cleveland, ideal for people who live and work downtown, and west-siders, as well. Our facility is located on the grounds of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, at 1003 British St., Cleveland, OH 44113. We’re also across the parking lot from Merwin’s Warf restaurant.
6:00am - 11:00pm every day…the other hours are for sleeping.
The most fun game you’ll ever play. It’s a bit of tennis, racquetball and chess all mixed together. Think of shrinking a tennis court, putting it up on a deck surface (so the heaters below can melt the snow in the winter), then surrounding the whole thing with chicken wire. You can hit the ball off a bounce in the court, or off the wire screens. We play almost exclusively doubles, and it’s a great social game, but can be played competitively at all levels. It’s also a great mixed doubles game, because power doesn’t always win…it’s a game of strategy and finesse, where most of the time, the last person to touch the ball, loses the point. Here's some more info on the game.
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