City relaxes new rules imposed on users of Washington Park

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DENVER -- The city of Denver is taking action regarding Washington Park again. It's relaxing the rules it just instituted after users complained about the more strict regulations.

City leaders made quick changes to make the park more user friendly.

Details are in Justin Joseph's video report.



  • wbrazil

    It’s interesting that no one is discussing why these rules were changed in first place. Because a small group of west wash park neighbors (included Councilperson Chris Nevitt, who’s lives near Washpark) thought Wash Park was too crowded next and wanted to limit use next to THEIR park. These rules (vball permits) were instituted only after the proposed Alcohol Ban failed miserably due to public outcry. There was ZERO public input about the volleyball permitting rules that were suddenly implemented. The “turf management” touted by Parks and Recs is a total farce. The meadow area of the park is used by many other volleyball leagues during the week, how about moving these leagues to a different park or charging more for the space? Now that Wash Park users have headed elsewhere, other neighborhood groups are complaining about the uptick in usage. Another example of NIMBYism ruining our great City, and Parks and Recs punishing volleyball players, rather than trying to curb the actual problem: unruly drunken behaivor.

  • Gregory Carter

    There is a petition to end permitting altogether at

    According to DRMC 39-2, DPR can only issue an emergency 180 day directive to comply with federal, state or local law or for the immediate public safety, health or welfare. How is limiting volleyball related to immediate public safety, health or welfare. Vball has barely ramped up for the season, the patrons have not had major issues with other non-vball patrons and the turf is lush and green from the winter. Seems like it was a good way to avoid public hearings required for permanent regulations to me, possibly unlawfully.

  • Barneby

    Can’t activate parks because the park crazies go crazy that you’re putting more people in their beloved green space. You can’t try to limit activity because the boozers think you’re taking away their place to booze.

    Beginning to think we should just pave over the whole of them. Can’t win, so why try?

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