As Denver weighs changes, will other cities loosen alcohol rules at parks?

Posted at 12:06 PM, Jul 11, 2018

DENVER -- As Denver considers lifting many of the restrictions on alcohol sales and consumption in public parks, other cities in Colorado may soon be forced to do the same. That's because of a state law that will allow full strength beer to be sold in grocery stores throughout Colorado starting in 2019.

Currently, many parks departments in the metro area allow only the consumption of 3.2 beer in parks. This is the rule for parks in Boulder, Aurora, Adams County Parks and Centennial Parks.

Once full strength beer comes to grocery stores, 3.2 beer will likely begin to disappear from shelves. A spokesperson for the city of Aurora tells Denver7 that Aurora is "looking into" possible changes to the parks alcohol policy in light of the new state law. A Boulder Parks and Recreation spokesperson said the department currently has "no plans" to modify its rules.

On Wednesday the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation is holding a public comment session to get input on a proposal to allow individuals to bring full strength beer and wine to parks. The department is also considering lifting some of the alcohol restrictions for festivals, public, and private events. A full summary of the proposed changes can be seen here.

The public comment session is Wednesday, July 11th at 5:30 pm in the Wellington Webb Municipal Building at 201 W. Colfax Ave.