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Dozens wait hours in the cold to get Denver parks permit for 2020

City requires people to apply in person for venues
Posted at 8:46 AM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 10:46:02-04

DENVER — On Friday, dozens of people were lined up outside the Wellington Webb building hoping to score a Denver parks event permit for 2020.

Many of them began lining up on Thursday, spending the night in freezing temperatures.

"We've got hot cocoa," said one enthusiastic volunteer with Women's March Denver.

The City of Denver requires people to apply in person for permits for several venues, including the popular Cheesman Park Pavilion. Many of those in line were hoping to book a wedding at a park, while others were with non-profit organizations.

Nicole Hebert was in line hoping to book Sloan's Lake park for next year's walk for the ALS Assocation, Rocky Mountain Chapter. Angela Astle was waiting for a third year in a row to book Civic Center Park for the 2020 Women's March.

The city says in the past, lines have stretched around the building, but have become shorter in recent years since the city started allowing online booking for some of the most popular venues. Those include the Central Park Pavilion, City Park Pavilion and Washington Park Boathouse.

Many couples in line said it was worth it to score a beautiful wedding venue at a reasonable price. A permit for the Cheesman Park pavilion is just $200.

Click here for more information on applying for a park permit.