The Denver Parks and Recreation Department (DPR) is developing a new policy to address those individuals and entities who have been using the park for private or personal gain without a permit. While this has traditionally been referred to as commercial use of the parks, the Parks and Recreation Department defines it as Private Outdoor Fee-Based Activities (POFA) as we have a number of permits issued for commercial purposes within our parks. Examples of these activities are boot camps or workout groups that hold their classes in various parks. This type of activity does require a permit under city ordinance, but the Parks and Recreation department hasn’t had a permit structure in place for this type of activity.
At the beginning of the year, DPR assembled a stakeholder group to discuss these types of events and as a result of those meetings, a draft policy has been developed that addresses procedures for this type of activity along with proposed fees for permits and park locations where the activity is allowed. A series of public meetings will take place in April. At these meetings, DPR will present the proposed procedures, fees and locations, seeking public input and feedback on the proposed policy.
The public meeting schedule is:
Tuesday, April 9, 5:30 p.m. – Scheitler Recreation Center
Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. – Cook Park Recreation Center
Thursday, April 18, 5:30 p.m. – Central Park Recreation Center
Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. – Fleming House (1510 South Grant St.)
In addition to these public meetings, the proposed policy will be discussed at the Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meetings on April 11th and on May 9th. The May 9th meeting will include a public hearing and comment opportunity.
Additional information can be found on the DPR website by clicking here: DPR Community Relations