New signs at Denver's Wash Park remind visitors about alcohol rules

DENVER - New signs have appeared at Denver's Wash Park reminding visitors, in a humorous way, that only 3.2 beer is allowed in the park.

It's one of nine changes promised by city officials after complaints.

One sign reads, "If drinking beer were an Olympic competition, we'd be the East German judge... 3.2 percent only, please no glass."

Another sign says, "The optimist says the glass is half full. The Pessimist says the glass is half empty. We say glass is not allowed in the park at all. Please fill your cups with 3.2 beer only."

District 7 City Councilman Chris Nevitt sent a letter to Denver Parks and Recreation earlier this year asking them to consider banning alcohol in the park after a series of problems including litter, public urination and violent fights.

However, after a public hearing, the mayor's office and Denver Parks and Recreation announced that the city would not ban alcohol, but would pursue other rules to "improve the overall experience for visitors and residents alike."

Other changes planned by Memorial Day Weekend:

  • Establish a drop-in permit system for volleyball and other multi-person organized activities on weekends and holidays.
  • Increase the servicing of existing portable bathrooms and make plumbed bathrooms available for additional hours, including after-hours for Washington Park Recreation Center bathrooms.
  • Direct park visitors to the availability of free parking in the South High School parking lot. 
  • Increase right-of-way enforcement in the adjacent neighborhoods to ticket vehicles illegally parked in driveways or in handicapped spaces.
  • With signage and volunteers in place, Denver Park Rangers will view rule violations, including alcohol violations, with less tolerance and issue more citations for violations.
  • Increase Park Ranger patrol; deploy two full-time rangers in Washington Park on weekends.
  • Deploy DPD Mounted Patrol on high-traffic weekend days and holidays; ramp up DPD general enforcement for the park area on all weekends and holidays.
  • Reinforce DPR education and enforcement efforts with volunteer efforts from neighbors and patrons, through independent social media and “courtesy patrols” in the park and surrounding neighborhoods.
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