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Public Event Rules & Regulations

Denver parks have become a popular venue for a multitude of public events.  On October 25, 2016, Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) adopted a new Public Event Policy to help facilitate outdoor public events in Denver parks while safeguarding the parks and rights of residents to access and use the parks. The new policy outlines the permitting and operational procedures, requirements, restrictions, conditions and rules and regulations under which outdoor public events may be scheduled and held within Denver parks.

View final public event policy (PDF)

View park rest period information (PDF)

Public meetings were held to gather feedback and involve the community in identifying priorities and issues to be addressed in the public event policy.

Past Public Meetings:

Wednesday, August 10 (Public Hearing)
Time: 5:30PM
Location: Wellington Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave.
Room 4.F.6

View meeting notes from public hearing.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
 6:00 -7:30pm
Location: East High School Cafeteria; 1600 City Park Esplanade

A stakeholder committee comprised of representatives from various neighborhoods and organizations have come together to provide input on current procedures and policies in place, as well as, input on recommended new policies and procedures. Representatives include event organizers; residents from City Park, Washington Park, Cheesman Park, Stapleton; Park and Recreation Advisory Board Members; and city council staff. DPR is also working closely with the Denver Office of Special Events through this process.

May 3, 2016 meeting materials
May 3, 2016 meeting minutes

May 9, 2016 meeting materials
May 9, 2016 meeting minutes

Denver Parks and Recreation initiated a one-year pilot program in 2016 that included park rest periods for public events, no new runs/walks on trails, and citywide rest periods on specific holidays.  This was put in place to help protect the quality of the parks and maintain balance between recreational use and as a venue for public events. 

Download Rest Period Pilot Program Information (PDF)