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Denver Days Toolkit

The following toolkit will help you create a Denver Days event in your community. We’ve made it comprehensive but flexible to assist you with putting on the best event possible. Some sections will not apply in every case, and though we hope you find our suggestions helpful, you ultimately get to decide what works best for you and your neighbors. 

Don't forget that we're offering waived permit fees for Denver Days picnics and free barricades for your block party!

Do any of the following criteria apply to your event?

  • Open to the greater public and/or expecting 200+ attendees
  • Alcohol will be sold
  • Will have multiple food vendors and/or a large stage
  • Located on a residential street
If the answer to any of these is yes, then your event is considered a special event and you need to use the Denver Days Special Event Planning Flowchart.
 
For all events, please remember to register your event and help us follow everyone's participation in this year's Denver Days Celebration!
 
*Note: Insurance is required for Park events. Insurance is not required but is strongly encouraged for residential block parties.
 

 

READ, WATCH, & SHARE
 

As you’re posting status updates, tweets, pictures and videos, please use the hash tag #DenverDays2017 so we can capture all of Denver’s amazing moments from Denver Days 2017.

 

Service Project Resources

Hold a street or alley cleanup event. It can be as simple as walking around the neighborhood and picking up trash. Or you can request help from the City in planning your project and request supplies, such as trash bags. Please allow the city at least 10 days notice for such requests. Use the form below to request supplies or planning assistance. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Walk the neighborhood and use the graffiti reporting form to write down incidents of graffiti on public property. Tell us the structure on which the graffiti is located (traffic signs, poles, private trash receptacles) and the location, by identifying the address or nearest cross streets. Return the form to the city to have the graffiti removed. If the graffiti is on private property, have the property owner complete a graffiti abatement authorization form authorizing the city to remove graffiti from the private property. Provide the exact address(s). The city will notify the responsible party and may assist in its removal.

Host an indoor or outdoor repair party with your neighbors.

You can help fix anything from mailboxes and old fences to squeaky doors and scuffed floors.

Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

  • Go green and replace old light fixtures and light bulbs with CFLs 
  • Fill gaps in leaky windows
  • Tighten the plumbing on toilets and sinks
  • Touch up the paint on walls and doors
  • Clean out gutters
  • Organize pantries and storage sheds
  • Remove scratches from wood floors and trim
  • Change air filters
  • Weed gardens and trim trees and shrubs
  • Wash windows
  • Clean the fireplace

You can find more "fix-it" ideas at www.brightnest.com.

GIVE Denver needs your help to make sure hundreds of foster children and at risk-youth start the school year off on the right foot this year and you can help in a variety of ways:

 

You can contact your Denver Neighborhood Resource Officer (by clicking here) about your intent to start a new watch program. You can also try working with your Registered Neighborhood Organization to organize a watch program.

 

Social Event Resources

Hosting a movie in your park is a great way to create a safe, fun space to bring community members together from all ages and backgrounds for a free event. What better way to meet neighbors and relax outside during a warm evening than laying out on cool grass and watching a movie under the stars? 

Tips for Hosting a Pool Party

Tips for Hosting a Pool Party

Tips for Hosting a Pool Party

Invite your neighbors over for wine and cheese. Simple yet oh so fun!

 
 

Picnic & Event Resources

Denver Days Park Permits are free of charge to those holding a picnic or event, both of which must be free and open to the general public.

Denver Days Picnics and Events must abide by Denver Parks Rules and Regulations at www.denvergov.org/parkrules.

Picnics:
Denver Days Picnic Reservations are accepted up to 24 hours before the picnic is to occur.

Details on each picnic site may be found at www.denvergov.org/picnics

Picnic sites have capacities that may not be exceeded.  Picnics cannot have stages, large sound systems, bands, food trucks, alcohol (only 3.2% beer is allowed at picnics and cannot be sold) and other similar features.  Picnic activities must stay within the boundaries which are shown on the picnic site maps on our webpage.

Denver Days Picnic Reservations are accepted:
1. In person at the Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 1.G.1
Denver, CO 80202, Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm

2. By email (park.permits@denvergov.org)
Please include the following information in your email:

  • Name of Picnic (i.e. Neighborhood BBQ Picnic)
  • Number of Attendees (please do not exceed the capacity of the picnic site)
  • Organization Name (if applicable)
  • Customer Name
  • Park
  • Picnic Site #
  • Date of Picnic
  • Time of Planned Arrival
  • Event Description

3. By phone (720.913.0700) – please provide the details listed above

 

Denver Days Park event permits are free of charge to those holding an event which must be free and open to the public.

Event permit applications must be submitted 30 days before the event is to occur. 

Events can include stages, sound systems, food trucks, vendors, and alcohol (in designated parks only).

A certificate of insurance, site map, trash plan, park walk-through with Parks staff, and portable toilets, will typically be required in order to receive your event permit.

Denver Days Event Applications are accepted:

  • In person at the Webb Building
    201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 1.G.1
    Denver, CO 80202
    Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm

Please visit the website (www.denvergov.org/permits) and select “Learn more” under “Public Events and Special Occasions”. The 2016 Park Permit application is in the right hand sidebar. You may also contact the office through email or phone for a copy of the application to you.

Complete the 2016 Park Permit application in its entirety and return to park.permits@denvergov.org

 

In order for your permit to be approved, you will typically have to provide a certificate of insurance, a site map, trash plan, complete a park walkthrough, arrange for portable toilets, and pay any hard costs (such as electricity on site).

You will receive further information once we have received your application. 

Please allow 24 hours for application processing.