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  Denver's Revised Face Covering Order is In Effect!

  Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) City Preparedness Update

The City and County of Denver is working with local, state, and federal partners to provide accurate information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to the public. Help us spread facts, not fear.

Get COVID-19 information on relief support & resources including medical supplies for organizations, opportunities to donate and volunteer, safety information on the virus, and more!

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The city is gradually moving from an emergency response phase into one of relief and recovery. As of Wednesday, May 6, 2020, face coverings are mandatory while inside of or waiting in line to enter any retail or commercial business, or any location or facility offering government of health care services, and waiting for or riding on public transportation.

On May 9, 2020, many businesses were allowed to re-open with 50% of employees if able to maintain six-foot physical distancing, abide by the face-covering order and other guidelines.

Everyone is urged to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. We know this is a big ask of our residents and businesses, but it is a necessary step to ensure the health and safety of our community.

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Denver Recreation Center Closures

All Denver Recreation Centers and Pools are closed until further notice as details on how to open safely and equitably amid COVID-19 are determined.

Outdoor Pools: Due to the operational impacts of COVID-19, Denver Parks & Recreation will not be opening its outdoor pools for the 2020 season.

All centers that are meal sites will continue to serve meals during regularly scheduled hours (Mon.-Fri. 3:30-5:30pm).

Summer program registration is postponed until further notice. Customers registered for programs will be fully refunded. Please reach out to with questions.

Get the latest information on the city’s COVID-19 response.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding during this time.


Denver Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Operational Updates

Roads and parking lots are closed in various parks throughout the city to provide more space for park visitors to practice physical distancing while walking, jogging, biking, and enjoying other types of recreation. ADA parking spots are provided along the perimeter of the park where roads have been blocked.

View park maps to find more information on closures (PDF)

  • Bike parks
  • Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave at Lookout Mountain
  • Chief Hosa Campground
  • Civic Center Park
  • Dog parks
  • Disc golf courses
  • Exercise equipment
  • Futsal courts
  • Golf courses
  • Hand-powered boating with permit
  • Permitted & Non-permitted athletic fields
  • Playgrounds
  • Red Rocks Park
  • Sport courts (tennis, basketball, croquet, etc.)
  • Skate parks
  • Slackline course (Harvard Gulch Park)

PLEASE NOTE: Playgrounds and other park equipment are not disinfected by operations staff. When using park facilities, consider these precautions:

  • Practice good hand hygiene, using hand sanitizer frequently when soap and water is not available
  • Recreate safely in groups of 10 or less and physically distance yourself from others by at least 6 feet
  • Masks are highly recommended

These facilities are closed until further notice to discourage large gatherings and encourage physical distancing and/or an inability to sufficiently clean at an acceptable frequency, or lack of staff available to maintain them:

  • Fountains: drinking, decorative and interactive
  • Motorized boating
  • Outdoor Pools: Due to the operational impacts of COVID-19, Denver Parks & Recreation will not be opening its outdoor pools for the 2020 season.
  • Recreation Centers
  • Restrooms

Due to public and private gathering limitations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • New applications will be accepted on a staggered timeline by permit type – please see webpages linked below for specific information and requirements for each type of permit, including new maximum participant capacities and other restrictions due to COVID-19:
    · Athletic Fields & Courts
    · Assemblies, Public Events & Special Occasions
    · Picnics
    · Event Facilities
    · Temporary Vending
    · Private Outdoor Fee-Based Activity

  • All existing in-process 2020 permits for July 10 or later are still being processed - should the status of these permits change, permit holders will be notified as soon as possible

  • Permit holders for any type of 2020 permit may contact the Parks Permit Office at any time for a full refund

  • The Parks Permit Office remains CLOSED until further notice. Please contact us:
    Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    720.913.0700 (press 6, then leave a message)

Find more Denver Parks & Recreation permitting information.


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201 West Colfax Ave, Dept. 601
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 913-1311
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