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‘Strict’ rules enforcement, new permitting process coming to Wash Park this weekend

A potential ban on all alcohol consumption in Washington Park will be up for a public debate on April 9, 2014.

Washington Park in Denver.

DENVER — After much discussion and controversy, the city is rolling out “strict” new enforcement of rules at Wash Park this Memorial Day weekend.

Beginning on Saturday, May 24, dedicated Denver Park Rangers will be on duty at the park to “strictly patrol and enforce park rules,” Denver Parks and Recreation announced Monday.  This includes busting people for full-alcohol beer, glass containers and unleashed pets, as well as any inappropriate volleyball playing.

A new permit system for volleyball at the park will be free but will require a refundable deposit, DPR said.

“In recent years, Washington Park has become the hub for both organized and recreational volleyball, attracting thousands of people on some of the busiest holidays,” DPR said. “Through a new permitting process that will begin Memorial Day weekend and will continue every weekend through Labor Day, DPR aims to better handle the number of organized activities occurring in a single area, specifically within the meadow at Washington Park.”

The permit system will require obtaining a free 3- or 6-hour permit, with a refundable deposit of $30 or $60, respectively.  Fees will only be incurred if permitted time is exceeded by the permit holder, DPR said.

For a full list of park rules, visit the Denver Park and Recreation website or click here.

For more information on the new permitting requirements and for a comprehensive listing of new measures aimed to address recent concerns at Washington Park and surrounding neighborhoods, click here.