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Denver Offers Guidance on Park Use During Stay at Home Order

DENVER — As the weekend approaches, a reminder that most Denver parks remain open for use to support the health and well-being of residents but with some new guidelines and restrictions.

Denver Parks & Recreation has issued a temporary directive to prohibit the possession and consumption of beer, wine, and champagne in parks and other outdoor public spaces the agency manages. The temporary directive goes into effect on Friday, April 24 through July 23, 2020. It is intended to support and promote the stay at home and social distancing directives and ensure the safety of outdoor public spaces during the emergency. Other restrictions, including the prohibition of the possession and consumption of spirituous liquor or hard liquor, remain in place under the city’s rules for alcohol in parks and other public spaces.

It’s important for park users to understand what is prohibited in Denver parks to protect against the transmission of COVID-19:

  • Alcohol (including beer, wine and champagne) is not allowed
  • If you are sick, do not visit the parks
  • Separate at least 6 feet from others at all times
  • Do not gather or travel in groups
  • Group sports and activities are prohibited
  • Shared use of equipment is not allowed (i.e.: frisbees, footballs, etc.)
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer/washing supplies
  • Leash your dog to prevent accidental cross-contamination with others
  • Park hours are 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Denver will continue to monitor and enforce physical distancing in parks. If you must visit a park, please visit the one closest to you. Ninety percent of Denver residents live within a 10-minute walk to a park. Find a park near you to explore at: https://denvergov.org/maps/map/parks. If you need physical distancing enforcement in your local park, please call 311.

Denver will continue to provide updates of changes to park rules to ensure physical distancing compliance. Remember, to stop the transmission of COVID-19, stay at home except for all essential activities and comply with all public health orders.

Though recreation centers are currently closed, Denver Parks & Recreation is providing additional resources for residents’ recreational needs. The recently launched Denver Parks and Recreation @ Home provides free online programming with diverse options for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

As part of Denver Parks and Recreation @ Home, instructors guide participants through workouts and activities to keep minds and bodies active. Fitness classes, games, art projects and more are available on Denver Parks & Recreation's Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages, along with interactive Zoom classes. The full schedule of activities can be found online and on the Denver Parks and Recreation App (IOS Only).

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