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Notice of Issues and Violations Upheld in Appeal of Annual 420 Rally

Today, the hearing officer denied the appeal of the event organizer of the Annual 420 Rally held at Civic Center Park and upheld the Notice of Issues and Violations imposed earlier this year by Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR). 

After a thorough review of the event, substantial violations of city requirements were found including health standards, trash management, public safety and security. DPR imposed a monetary penalty in the amount of $11,965, plus an additional $190 in damages, banned the event organizer from being granted any event permit for three years, and rescinded their Priority Event status. 

"We are pleased with today's decision by Judge David Ramirez affirming our earlier assessment of the significant health, safety and security concerns surrounding the event," said Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Parks and Recreation. "Our parks and open spaces are meant for everyone to enjoy responsibly, and we are committed to upholding permittee compliance with our policies to protect the city’s resources and ensure public events are safe for attendees and everyone else impacted by them." 

As a result of today’s decision, the April 20, 2018 date at Civic Center Park will be available for permitting on a first-come-first-served basis on Tuesday, November 21.  Individuals and organizations interested in applying for this location and date can come to the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave. Room 1.G.1, where the doors will open at 7 a.m. Individuals cannot gather on the property of the Webb Building prior to 12:01 a.m. on November 21.  The DPR Parks Permit Office will accept application for this date and location on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. 

All events held in Denver Parks are subject to permit requirements as well as compliance with the DPR Public Event Policy to safeguard the community and Denver’s parks and open spaces.  Event organizers are issued a conditional park permit based on the initial review of their application. DPR reviews all documents submitted by the event organizer as part of their full application. Should all permit requirements be met, a final park permit will be issued approximately one week prior to the event date.


About Denver Parks and Recreation
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities are unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West. The DPR system spans over a 149-year history, from the first park created in 1868 to nearly 20,000 acres of urban parks and mountain parkland today. A variety of amenities and activities are available within our 27 recreation centers, as well as outdoor programs and sports for all ages and abilities.