What you can and can't do in Washington Park starting Memorial Day weekend

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Nearly two months ago, Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt called for alcohol to be prohibited Washington Park due to what he described as "belligerent drunken behavior." In the end, city council opted against a ban, meaning that while the hard stuff is still nixed, consuming 3.2 beer remains okay.

So how is Denver Parks and Recreation addressing Nevitt's concerns? Through a slew of just-announced measures, including two full-time park rangers working the park on weekends, volunteer "courtesy patrols" and more. Look below to see the changes that go into effect on Memorial Day weekend, supplemented for the full list of rules and regs for Denver parks as a whole.

Denver Parks and Rec's intro to the latest rules reads like so: "In an effort to address the increased use of Washington Park, Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) has committed to a variety of measures aimed to protect one of Denver's much-treasured urban parks. The goals of these measures are to help DPR better manage the park's natural resources, allow for a wider variety of uses in the park and lessen the impact on surrounding neighborhoods."

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New measures:

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) will manage the implementation of the following changes, which begin Memorial Day Weekend 2014. Ongoing monitoring and periodic consultation with park neighbors and patrons will be used to assess the effectiveness of the changes and make any necessary adjustments or implement additional measures:

• Drop-in permit system for organized activities on weekends and holidays.

• Increased servicing of existing portable bathrooms and availability of plumbed bathrooms for additional hours, including after-hours for Washington Park Recreation Center bathrooms.

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• Direct park visitors to the availability of free parking in the South High School parking lot.

• Placement of permanent and moveable signage around the park to remind park users and visitors that only 3.2 percent beer, and no liquor or glass, is allowed in the park.

Continue for more of the new rules and regulations launching this weekend at Washington Park.


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Travis Gann
Travis Gann

How bout we just ban all the bro douchebags who haul speakers and a pong table out to the grass so they can play shitty music and have a freakin house party in the park at noon. Complaints about noise, sharing, and beer cans will vanish. Most of us respect the park and treat it well, and have done for years. Sucks that they're spending, and charging, all this money to fix a problem that has nothing to do with the crowd that has used the park for years

Joshua Rotenberg
Joshua Rotenberg

sounds like a waste of city dollars.... I know an entire school system that could extra help before the city puts a little extra patrol in a park

bradleyqt
bradleyqt

Better bathroom conditions and later hours for bathrooms?  I think that will go a long way towards people "honey pot"-ing in people's yards.

Mark Padzik
Mark Padzik

Sounds like Marcus needs to move away and realize that Denver is still the best city to live in. Go ahead don't be afraid.

Zach Stock
Zach Stock

A way to make more money, just like the sudden surge in parking ticket revenue

Marcus Garcia
Marcus Garcia

Yet another way for this city to ticket,criminalize& make revenue off its own citizens.the flip side is it's sad that people that are grown adults need to be regulated like drunken 10year olds.the everything is a frat party mentality that this city has long fostered has turned it into a place I no longer recognize &am not interested in growing old or contributing to.being a third generation native,it makes me sad to feel that way &even sadder to witness what this city has become.RIP Denver&to all the assholes who have ruined it,you can have it.

Kelly Underell
Kelly Underell

Here I thought the Denverits that spent hours in the park playing volleyball were living the healthy lifestyle the state boasts.

David Barton
David Barton

I agree with most of the people on this thread, but one point of clarification: The 3.2 rule has been in effect for a long time- it's not a new thing. That said, I've never heard of anyone getting ticketed for a beer with a higher ABV.

Riley Nolan
Riley Nolan

The yuppies are getting close to taking away everything that made Denver... Well Denver. I think some increased enforcement was all that was needed. Honestly though I want the liberal, selfish, hipster yuppies out of Denver and out of Colorado. Go take away another states youth and constitutional rights.

Corey Steven Haley
Corey Steven Haley

Beer has been banned if u can only drink the 3.2 type. I guess all good things come to an end. I loved Wash Park.

Brian Tate
Brian Tate

finally! Wash Park will no longer be a lawless, free-wheeling madhouse.

Jack Quinn
Jack Quinn

I lived in Wash Park for 30 years but live in Thornton now. I am glad this was not happening when we lived there.

Katie Keller
Katie Keller

If everyone had followed the rules in the first place tax payers wouldn't be out more money bc of their immaturity.

Lance Elkins
Lance Elkins

It isn't just rich fucks no matter how hard you try to paint that picture. If assholes pissing in people's yards and alleys and littering all over the place is your idea of a good time then Wash Park used to be the place for you. Asking people to pick up after themselves and show the neighborhood a base level of respect doesn't seem like a crazy idea. I completely agree that living in the area comes with an understanding that the park is going to be busy and there are going to be a lot of people out and about but on the flip side Wash Park isn't anyone's personal dumping ground or toilet. Wash Park is by far the most utilized park in Denver and the city was doing a terrible job of maintaining the park under that level of use and for the people bitching about the drop in permits... it's Wash Park and not Wash Park volleyball facility. The number of volleyball nets up all over the park on the weekends was a joke and limited the space for people that wanted to enjoy other activities in the park.

Jim Earl
Jim Earl

We'll see I see enforcement during off hours and no one around during peak hours. It is Denver Crony Politics.

Dean Korb
Dean Korb

So many problems in this city and these rich fucks get done what they want to get done. Maybe we should start moving Denver's homeless population to wash park so they can get something done about that too.

Julie MacKissock
Julie MacKissock

Doesn't look too bad to me - especially the increased work on the bathrooms

Kevin Riley
Kevin Riley

Who is running the show over there. Find him and fire his ass!

Dustin Whitmore
Dustin Whitmore

The drop in permits will drive people to other parks. It's a disgrace.

David Novin
David Novin

3.2% ABV beers only? Soooo piss beer?

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

It is so cheesy. There are now two electric signs in the park that say "rules and regs will be strictly enforced." What a joke!

David Court
David Court

If you bought a million dollar home near the park, it's all yours and fuck you NIMBY'S. City park is looking great. Chris Nevitt will be voted out soon enough.

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