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Volleyball players given short notice of no permits at Washington Park on Saturday

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DENVER -- Because of a special event, there will be no drop-in volleyball permits issued for players at Washington Park on Saturday, the Denver Parks and Recreation Department said in an email that was only sent out Thursday afternoon.

Because of a "long-standing" volleyball tournament run by Volleyball of the Rockies, about 50 nets will be set up in the meadow where volleyball matches can be played as long as a permit is obtained under new -- and controversial -- rules implemented by DPR this year.

No events are scheduled Sunday and drop-in permits will be available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. DPR also anticipates no drop-in permits being available June 28, July 19-20 and Aug. 23.

DPR added in its email there could be other instances where permits will not be available or the hours will need to be adjusted.

"When we know this ahead of time and can give you a heads-up we will send a message, but in some cases those adjustments may have to be made on the fly," the email read.

FOX31 Denver viewer Don Van Gilder of Denver wrote in an email to DPR that receiving less than 48 hours notice is unsatisfactory and he believes volleyball players, under the new rules, are being singled out.

"(Y)ou are really making it difficult, and last minute decrees like this has the serious potential to turn this adversarial, and downright ugly," he wrote.

He asked in the email why are only volleyball players being forced to cut back on use of the park on special event days. "If you’re going to permit a ‘special event’, why shouldn’t the non active picnic crowd now using the meadow have to cut back just as much," he wrote.

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