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Do you want more alcohol in Denver parks? City seeks public input on alcohol policy

Public hearing on proposed policy change
Posted at 7:17 AM, Jul 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 09:17:24-04

DENVER — On Wednesday night, the City and County of Denver Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a public comment session on proposed changes to the parks alcohol policy. The meeting begins at 5:30 at the Wellington Webb Municipal building at 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6.

The department is considering a number of changes to simplify alcohol rules, in wake of a state law that will allow full strength beer in grocery stores in 2019. Denver and many other cities have historically followed state law, restricting alcohol consumption in parks to beer that is 3.2 percent alcohol.

Under the proposed changes, individuals would be allowed to bring full-strength beer and wine to parks. Glass bottles would not be allowed. Hard liquor would not be allowed.

For special events and festivals, many of the current restrictions would be lifted, allowing organizers to sell and serve all types of alcohol beverages as long as they have the appropriate permit.

A comparison of the current rules and proposed changes can be seen here.

Denver7 recently took a 360 view of the proposed alcohol policy changes, and found people are split on the issue. The city conducted an online survey on the issue and received about 4,450 responses over several months.