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Denver Park Rangers Have New Tool For Enforcing Rules and Ensuring Park Safety

On July 1, Denver Park Rangers will begin an education campaign and implementation of administrative citations approved by Denver City Council in 2012.  Park Rangers will continue, as they have for the past seven years, to offer warnings and help educate park users about the rules and regulations for using and enjoying the City’s park system.  Park Rangers will only issue citations when patterns of non-compliance are seen or in cases of extreme violation of rules and regulations that ultimately compromise the safety of park visitors.

“We want all of our citizens and visitors to have a safe and enjoyable experience whether they are using one of our urban parks or mountain parks,” said Lauri Dannemiller, Manager of Denver Parks and Recreation. “Our rules and regulations are in place to help ensure that’s the case. 

“The goal of our Park Ranger program has always been to educate the public about our rules and regulations,” Dannemiller continued.  “And while that will still be our goal going forward, the administrative citation program provides our rangers with a tool that can be used to enforce our rules when someone refuses to comply or poses a safety threat to themselves or others in the park.”

First offense citations range from $100 to $150 and will increase with second and third offenses. Individuals who receive citations can pay online and will be offered an appeal process. A full explanation of Parks administrative citations in parks can be seen by following this link.

A complete list of Denver Parks and Recreation’s rules and regulations can be found by clicking here: DPR Rules and Regulations