Response to Councilman Nevitt’s Criticism, Part 2

Park advocates question “extremism” label In an e-mail message, Denver City Council President Chris Nevitt describes the opposition to commercial park events as “hysteria, extremism, and narrow-minded parochial interests”. Nevitt, who represents District 7 in southwest Denver, sent the e-mail in response to Chantal Unfug, Senior Advisor, Denver Parks and Recreation. In her message, Unfug … Continued

Response to Councilman Nevitt’s Criticism

Councilman Nevitt: You use the phrase “hysteria, extremism, and narrow-minded parochial interests” to describe widespread opposition to a policy to allow closing parts of public parks for admissions based events. These terms are highly inappropriate and derogatory for a person in your position to use in reference to sincere, honest, dedicated, and respectful neighborhood representatives … Continued

Washington Park Profile: Play For Pay Policy Passed

Following years of contentious debate, and an equally impassioned public hearing, the Parks and Recreation Department Advisory Board voted Aug. 12 to approve a new policy that would allow the city to close off areas of some Denver parks to allow special events to take place which would require a paid admission. The vote was … Continued

Controversy Won’t Stop Policy, Says Parks Chief

In spite of community opposition, Denver Parks and Recreation Manager Kevin Patterson is forging ahead with implementation of a controversial policy to allow exclusive commercial events in public parks. (This story is posted at Patterson says his department will start accepting applications in November from operators who want to close parts of parks and … Continued

Festival Park Alternative to Admission-based Events

Neighborhood activist and former city council candidate in west Denver Larry Ambrose first suggested a permanent festival park when a city task force began formulating a policy on closing portions of parks for commercial events. Other neighborhood representatives and Ambrose envision something similar to the highly successful 75-acre Henry J. Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. … Continued

Commercial Film Festival in City Park in 2011

More than 50 people, mostly from neighborhoods adjoining City Park attended a forum to learn more and provide input about the Open- Air Cinema Festival that will be held in City Park from July 13 to August 19, 2011. (This story is by Arthur Rosenblum, published in the Greater Park Hill News.) Open-Air is the … Continued

Paid Events for Parks Approved by Parks Board

After three years of planning and intense public debate, the Department of Park & Recreation’s Advisory Board approved an Admission- Based Events Policy on August 12 by a vote of ten to seven. (This story is by Arthur Rosenblum, published in the Greater Park Hill News.) The vote represented a non-binding recommendation to Parks Manager … Continued

Columnist Sees Threats, Questions Park Committment

Ditmer: Protecting Denver’s parks and parkways By Joanne Ditmer The Denver Post Denver’s parks and parkway system is priceless, an urban legacy we enjoy daily yet take for granted. This magic trail of tree-lined boulevards leads from park to park, neighborhood to neighborhood. Founding fathers in 1859 envisioned spacious parks and elegant tree- lined parkways … Continued

Public Hearing on Admission Based Event Policy

(archived; originally posted at Denver Parks and Recreation is hosting a public hearing on Thursday, August 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to present the Admission Based Event Policy and take public input. This is the public’s last chance to weigh in on the matter and, frankly, it looks like a lost cause. While the majority … Continued

Blogger Criticizes Fee-based Park Events

(archived; originally posted at Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Councils Greenlights Fee-Based Events at Public Parks Once again, witness your tax dollars at work. Denver’s City Council’s “courtesy” hearing on whether to allow a month-long admissions-based outdoor film festival this summer in Civic Center Park last night was a farce.Apparently over 500 people showed up … Continued