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

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People active in Washington Park in Denver.

People active in 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.


  • Anonymous

    Didnt know playing volleyball in a public park that we the tax payers pay for was inappropriate, sounds like the city of Denver just wants to collect more money from people trying to enjoy themselves.

  • Francisco

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  • Anonymous

    The permit system that they are enforcing discriminates against people who do not have a credit or debit card. You have to have a credit or debit card in order to obtain a permit. Sorry Denver youth you can’t play volleyball with your friends at a public park.

  • Anonymous

    Saturday I watched Denver Park Rangers tell a family of 4 that they needed to get a permit to kick around a soccer ball…Wow.

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