Denver city councilman pushes for alcohol ban at Washington Park

Those heading to Washington Park this summer may have to leave the hooch at home as Denver Parks and Recreation is exploring the possibility of banning alcohol at one of the city's largest and most popular parks.

Denver Parks and Recreation spokesman Jeff Green said Wednesday the department received a letter from District 7 City Councilman Chris Nevitt asking Parks and Rec to consider an alcohol ban due to abuse and bad behavior at the park.

"We need to affect a profound yet cost-effective change in Washington Park," Nevitt said in the letter. "I believe that the complete ban of alcohol in Washington Park is that change we must affect. It is simple, straightforward to communicate, and easy to enforce."

READ MORE: Chris Nevitt's Washington Park Alcohol Ban Proposal letter

Currently Denver Parks and Recreation only allows 3.2 beer at any park. Hard alcohol, wine or glass of any kind is not allowed.

Nevitt's office will host a community meeting along with Denver Parks and Recreation and the West Washington Park Neighborhood Association at 6 p.m. April 9 at the Denver Baha'i Center, 225 E. Bayaud Ave., to discuss the potential ban.

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