Je≠co Open Space lim­its park events

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Josie Kle­maier

Jef­fer­son County Open Space is the lat­est lo­cal agency to tighten up its pol­icy on spe­cial events.

Cities such as Den­ver and Golden placed mora­to­ri­ums on new spe­cial events last year af­ter see­ing an in­crease in re­quests for races, con­certs and fes­ti­vals.

Jef­fer­son County Open Space saw an in­crease in re­quests for large events in its parks, too.

“It’s a bit of a rip­ple ef­fect, but it’s also not,” said David Daven­port, the agency’s out­door recre­ation co­or­di­na­tor.

Prior to 2015, Jef­fco Open Space Parks re­ceived none or very few re­quests for large events, Daven­port said.

Last sum­mer, how­ever, the of­fice started to get enough re­quests that it be­gan to strain re­sources eval­u­at­ing and re­spond­ing to them.

Jef­fco Open Space now puts event re­quests into two cat­e­gories: Cat­e­gory 1 is for those that ex­ceed 200 peo­ple and/or re­quire ex­clu­sive use of a park or its trails; Cat­e­gory 2 is for those with fewer peo­ple that do not re­quire ex­clu­sive use. There will be a cap of five Cat­e­gory 1 events per year, and those may be lim­ited by type; for ex­am­ple, only one large run­ning event per year might be al­lowed. Large events also must ben­e­fit a char­i­ta­ble cause, with that or­ga­ni­za­tion listed as the ap­pli­cant.

Both cat­e­gories will be sub­ject to the same cri­te­ria, which in­clude mea­sures of im­pact, ex­clu­siv­ity, park­ing and ben­e­fits. The ap­pli­ca­tions will be as­sessed on a case-by-case ba­sis, and pri­or­ity will be given to events that align with the Jef­fco Open Space’s mis­sion.

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