Je≠co Open Space limits park events
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.