(Denver) - Denver Parks and recreation will hold a public meeting and
30-day comment session to collect public feedback regarding changes to the department's alcohol policy. The public hearing will take placemfrom 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at the Montclair Civic Building located at 6820 E. 12th Avenue, Denver, 80220. This meeting will be part of the March Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting at 6:00 pm.
In 2006, the Department of Parks and Recreation adopted a policy
related to the consumption, serving and selling of alcoholic beverages in its parks and facilities. One aspect of this policy addressed races and walks that occur in Denver parks.
The initial policy allowed a race/walk organizer to set up a defined
area near the finish line where only race participants could enter and
be served 3.2 beer, wine and champagne. It has since been discovered
that State Liquor Laws consider this arrangement to be illegal since
they consider the race/walk entry fee an "indirect payment" for the
alcoholic beverages and therefore requires a liquor license. In order
to remain consistent with the initial intent of the policy, the
Department of Parks and Recreation is proposing a change to the policy
which requires that the race organizer obtain a Special Events Liquor
License from the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses. All laws,
rules and regulations regarding obtaining a Special Events Liquor
License from Excise and Licenses will apply.
The new policy will expand the allowable alcoholic beverages to beer,
wine and champagne. It will also allow the sale of these beverages as compared to the original policy which only allowed the serving of 3.2 beer. In addition, the new policy will allow anyone in attendance to purchase or be served these alcoholic beverages as compared to the original policy which restricted those allowed to be served to only race participants.
Public feedback will be taken into consideration in drafting the final policy amendment through Monday, April 9, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. Authority to establish governing rules and regulations for Parks and Recreation is vested with The Manager of Parks and Recreation. Written comments can be submitting to: Denver Parks and Recreation, Manager's Office, Department 601, Denver, CO 80202. Attached is a copy of the proposed changes.