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Rules, Regulations & Other Info.

Read the current policy (PDF)

Read the proposed revisions (DRAFT PDF)

 Take the alcohol policy survey now! [SURVEY CLOSED (as of 4/23/2018): email parksandrecreation@denvergov.org to submit additional comments]

Denver Parks & Recreation's (DPR) alcohol policy was established in September 2007, and amended in May 2011, February 2012 and May 2012, resulting in the current policy which is overly-complicated and inconsistent.

In an effort to simplify how rules and regulations* are enforced at DPR facilities across the city, a revision to the DPR Alcohol Policy is being proposed and your feedback is wanted.

The intent of these proposed revisions is to:

  • Simplify the policy
  • Provide more clarity to park users and permit holders
  • Consistently implement policy requirements in facilities throughout the city
  • Accommodate upcoming changes to state liquor laws

PROPOSED revision summary: 

  1. Permitted events (public, private, races/walks, and athletic tournaments) would be treated the same when it comes to selling and serving alcohol. Events would be allowed to sell or serve all types of alcohol, ending restrictions in some parks where beer, wine and champagne only are allowed. 
  2. All DPR parks would be able to host permitted events where alcohol is served or sold. Other standard restrictions would remain in place, such as permit requirements, public event rulesrest periodsnoise regulations, and capacity limits.
  3. All permitted events held at DPR buildings (event facilitiesgolf clubhouses, and recreation centers) would be treated the same when it comes to serving or selling alcohol. Events would be allowed to sell or serve all types of alcohol, ending restrictions in some buildings where beer, wine and champagne only are allowed, with the exception that such permitted events in recreation centers must be closed to the public.
  4. Events such as demonstrations and assemblies (protests, marches) will be prohibited from acquiring a permit to serve or sell alcohol.
  5. References to 3.2% beer will be removed from DPR rules and regulations. Public consumption in Denver parks and open areas will follow Colorado State law. In 2019, state law will no longer require a designation for 3.2% beer, likely ending the distinction from full-strength beer.

Read the full list of proposed revisions (DRAFT PDF)

The public survey on these revisions should take approximately 10 minutes and is anonymous. Your input will shape how the alcohol policy is adjusted, so please help by sharing with your neighbors-- survey closes April 23, 2018.

Questions? Pease send an email to parksandrecreation@denvergov.org.

Take the alcohol policy survey now! [SURVEY CLOSED]

*Glass will continue to be prohibited in Denver Parks per DRMC 39-17

  1. Dogs and pets must be on leash and under physical control at all times.
  2. Pet waste must be picked up and disposed of properly.
  3. No alcoholic beverages or public consumption of alcohol (only 3.2 beer is allowed).
  4. No use or display of marijuana or use of illegal drugs.
  5. No glass bottles or any glass containers allowed in parks.
  6. No littering. Use trash cans and dumpsters or pack it out.
  7. No weapons, firearms, or fireworks.
  8. Disturbing the peace, including loud music or sound, is prohibited.
  9. The sale of goods and services requires a Parks and Recreation Permit.
  10. No overnight camping, tents, enclosures, or other unpermitted structures such as air castles, pools, or water slides.
  11. Motorized vehicles allowed only on roads and in parking areas. No overnight parking is allowed in any park.
  12. Large gatherings normally require a permit. To reserve a permit site call Denver Parks and Recreation Permit Office at (720)913-0700
  13. Do not attach anything to trees or structures.
  14. Removal or damage to plants or structures is prohibited.
  15. Fires and coals are allowed in grills only. Grills must be least 12 inches off the ground.
  16. Thoroughly extinguish all charcoals, dispose of properly or pack it out.
  17. No feeding or disturbing wildlife. A license is required for fishing.
  18. No boating without a permit. Safety equipment is required including a personal flotation device.
  19. No swimming is allowed except in swimming pools.
  20. Swimming or wading in fountains is prohibited.
  21. Rock climbing and off-trail use is prohibited at Red Rocks and Summit Lake Parks.

A full copy of the Department of Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations is available for download (PDF).  Violators of park rules and regulations are subject to fines and eviction from the park.

Download park rules summary (PDF)

 

Ver el resumen de las reglas del parque (PDF)

 

 

Park Use Rules and Regulations – Governing Public Activities, Uses and Behavior in Parks, Parkways, Mountain Parks, Recreation Facilities,  and other Public Facilities under the Auspices of Denver Department of Parks and Recreation. 

View full park use rules and regulations

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Administrative Citations Rules and Regulations – Governing Use of Administrative Citations for the Enforcement of Article I of Chapter 39 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code and associated Rules, Regulations and Directives

Amended and restated November 18, 2015: View administrative citation rules

This Policy is adopted by the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation (“DPR”) for the purpose of providing some clarity as to the designation status of and the protections afforded to Denver parks under the existing legal framework and to make clear the public process with respect to designation of Denver parks in accordance with the City Charter and City procedures.

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Public Hearing: Park Designation Policy

Date: Wed. November 9
Time: 5:30PM
Location: Webb Municipal Building | Room 4.F.6

Notice is hereby given that the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation is drafting a new policy that would provide clarity as to the designation status of and the protections afforded to Denver parks under the existing legal framework and to make clear the public process with respect to designation of Denver parks in accordance with the City Charter and City procedures.

A copy of the proposed Park Designation Policy is on file with the Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation and is available for public inspection online. A public hearing will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 during the regular meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, which is held at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, located at 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6 at 5:30 p.m. 

The Plan identifies core services, points out duplication in services, recommends service provision strategies, and recommends resource allocation and pricing strategies. It enhances partnerships and helps meet the future needs of Denver residents, and those who work in and visit the community.

Full Report, June 10, 2013
Summary

 
Partnerships

Denver Parks & Recreation works with a variety of organizations to deliver programs, services and amenities to Denver residents and visitors. 

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Public Event Rules & Regulations

New policy available on public event rules and regulations.

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