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Denver Parks Ready for Memorial Day Celebrations

Denver’s park staff have spent the past several weeks planting flowers, beautifying parks and preparing for Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest weekends of the year. The holiday, which marks the unofficial start of the summer season, brings hundreds of thousands of people out to enjoy Denver’s park system.  While many parks are expected to be busy through the weekend, Washington Park is traditionally one of the most heavily used parks in the City, especially during weekends and summer holidays.

In anticipation of the many visitors to Washington Park this weekend, Denver Parks and Recreation is taking the following steps to help ensure a positive experience for both visitors and adjacent neighbors this weekend:

  • Parks and Recreation encourages everyone to help keep the park clean.  This weekend the department is arranging for additional trash receptacles to be placed in the park and will collect trash more frequently
  • Additional port-a-potties have been brought into the park.  Two of the parks in-line bathroom facilities (including those located inside the recreation center) are closed for renovations.  To help meet increased demand for restroom facilities, the number of port-a-potties has increased from 6 to 30.  The units will be serviced twice a day to ensure they are clean and available for all park users.
  • Parking is always a challenge in and around many of our regional parks, and especially at Washington Park.  To help alleviate parking issues in the surrounding neighborhood, an agreement has been reached to allow visitors to park their cars in the lot at Denver South High School.  The lot is adjacent to Washington Park at Louisiana Ave., and Gilpin St.
  • This weekend park patrons will see an additional presence of Park Rangers and Police Officers in and around Washington Park, offering their assistance where needed.  In fact, an increased Park Ranger and Denver Police presence will happen throughout the summer, especially during holiday weekends.

The Department of Parks and Recreation would also like to remind park users of the following park rules:

  • Alcohol is allowed in Washington Park, but must be limited to beer that is only 3.2 percent alcohol by volume.
  • Glass bottles are not permitted in the park at any time.
  • Dogs are permitted in Denver’s parks, but must be kept on a leash and under their owner’s control at all times
  • Underage consumption of alcohol is never allowed and is against the law
  • Groups of 25 people or more who wish to reserve an area in the park must obtain a permit to do so.  The DPR permit office can be reached at 720-913-0700 form 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Additionally, Denver’s Public Works reminds all park visitors to please be respectful of surrounding neighborhoods during your visit.  At Washington Park, if possible, visitors should use the South High School parking lot or walk or bike to the park. Dedicated on-street bike lanes from the north and south of the park are located on Marion and Franklin Streets; for access to the park from the east or west use Louisiana Avenue or Exposition Ave. Visitors to Washington Park can also utilize the bicycle sharing service through B-Cycle by accessing the station at South High School (