A revision to the Denver Parks & Recreation's alcohol policy is being proposed and they want YOUR input.The Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) needs the public's input on potential changes being made to its policy of alcohol use at parks. With the recent removal of the 3.2 percent beer law, which is in effect starting in 2019, DPR wants to determine if there are other ways to improve its existing alcohol policy. And that's where you come in! The public can participate in a survey to critique the proposed changes, which should only take about 10 minutes to complete. It will remain open until Monday, April 23, at 12 p.m. (MT). Currently, only certain types of alcohol are allowed at certain parks for permitted events. The policy states:
"The consumption of alcohol beverages, other than 3.2 beer, is prohibited at ALL Parks and Recreation parks and other outdoor public places ... Permits are required under all circumstances in order for alcohol beverages or 3.2 beer to be served or sold and served at these sites, and the consumption of alcohol beverages so served or sold shall be restricted as provided in this Policy and the issued permit."The intention of the potential changes is to "simplify policy, provide more clarity to users, institute consistency, and accommodate upcoming changes to state liquor laws."
DPR's proposed changes can be summarized as (taken directly from DPR):
- Permitted events (public, private, races/walks, and athletic tournaments) would be treated the same when it comes to selling and serving alcohol. Events would be allowed to sell or serve all types of alcohol, ending restrictions in some parks where beer, wine and champagne only are allowed (with a liquor license from Excise and License).
- All DPR parks would be able to host permitted events where alcohol is served or sold (with a liquor license from Excise and License). Other standard restrictions would remain in place, such as permit requirements, public event rules, rest periods, noise regulations, and capacity limits.
- All permitted events held at DPR buildings (event facilities, golf clubhouses, and recreation centers) would be treated the same when it comes to serving or selling alcohol. Events would be allowed to sell or serve all types of alcohol, ending restrictions in some buildings where beer, wine and champagne only are allowed, with the exception that such permitted events in recreation centers must occur when the center is closed to the public.
- Events such as demonstrations and assemblies (protests, marches) will be prohibited from acquiring a permit to serve or sell alcohol.
- References to 3.2 percent beer will be removed from DPR rules and regulations. Public consumption in Denver parks and open areas will follow Colorado State law. In 2019, state law will no longer require a designation for 3.2 percent beer.