Viewpoints clash over street closures in Denver’s City Park

At the start of the pandemic, Denver Parks and Recreation followed a nationwide trend, closing various park roads and parking lots throughout the city to make room for social distancing. Now some of those roads have reopened, and everyone isn’t pleased.

On Saturday, Denver Streets Partnership held a “Parks are for People” rally to share their concern about roadway accessibility in City Park.

Last year, a street portion near 17th Avenue and a street portion near York Street were closed to provide more social distancing space to bikers and pedestrians. In the past two weeks, Denver Parks and Recreation reopened those areas.

Parks and Recreation released the survey results in February, and 82% of the 4,200 responses supported long-term closures.

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