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  Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) City Preparedness Update

The City and County of Denver is continuing to work with local, state, and federal partners to provide accurate information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to the public. Help us spread facts, not fear.

Get COVID-19 information on Recovery Guidance & Planning, Support Services & Resources, Testing information, and learn more about the mask order and general guidance.

You can also view Denver's COVID-19 case and outbreak data.

Denver Recreation Center Closures

All Denver Recreation Centers and Pools are closed until further notice as details on how to open safely and equitably while minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19 are determined.

All centers that are meal sites will continue to serve meals during regularly scheduled hours (Mon. - Fri. 3:30-5:30 p.m.).

Get the latest information on the city’s COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 Operational Updates

Roads and parking lots are closed in various parks throughout the city to provide more space for park visitors to practice physical distancing while walking, jogging, biking, and enjoying other types of recreation. ADA parking spots are provided along the perimeter of the park where roads have been blocked.

View park maps to find more information on closures (PDF)

  • Bike parks
  • Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave at Lookout Mountain
    Please note: The Buffalo Bill Museum will transition to a modified operating schedule at the end of the summer season. Beginning Monday, August 31, the museum will be open to the public Friday through Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. The museum will also be open on Monday, September 7, for the Labor Day holiday. Park hours and concession operations at Pahaska Tepee will remain unchanged. 
  • Chief Hosa Campground
  • Civic Center Park
  • Dog parks
  • Disc golf courses
  • Exercise equipment
  • Futsal courts
  • Golf courses
  • Hand-powered boating with permit
  • Permitted & Non-permitted athletic fields
  • Playgrounds
  • Red Rocks Park
  • Sport courts (tennis, basketball, croquet, etc.)
  • Skate parks
  • Slackline course (Harvard Gulch Park)

PLEASE NOTE: Playgrounds and other park equipment are not disinfected by operations staff.

  • Playground or outdoor sports court use (drop-in/casual use), allowed max of 10 and follow posted requirements
  • Users of other park spaces, max of one unless in the same household, follow posted requirements
  • Practice good hand hygiene, using hand sanitizer frequently when soap and water is not available
  • Wear a face covering


Summer 2020 Park Irrigation
Irrigation is active in all Denver parks this year, and we are irrigating to maintain tree, shrub and turf health within our irrigation budget. We are balancing our irrigation repair and maintenance program with reduced staffing, so irrigation technicians must also help with other park maintenance activities.  Irrigation repairs are also hampered by shortages of irrigation parts as a result of supplier and manufacturer shutdowns due to COVID-19.

The summer season has been hotter and dryer than normal.  The seven Denver Parks’ weather stations throughout the city show average rainfall of 3.5 inches for the irrigation season so far (April 15 to July 20), which is more than three inches below historical normal.  Temperatures have been four degrees above normal for the month of July in the Denver area.  During periods of high temperatures, extended wind events, and low precipitation, some turf may go dormant and not appear as lush green.  You will see some brown spots in parks.

Our irrigation team is addressing needed repairs, programing schedule adjustments, and addressing vandalism issues as quickly as possible given these difficult conditions. Thank you for your patience.

These facilities are closed until further notice to discourage large gatherings and encourage physical distancing and/or an inability to sufficiently clean at an acceptable frequency, or lack of staff available to maintain them:

  • Fountains: drinking, decorative and interactive
  • Motorized boating
  • Outdoor Pools: Due to the operational impacts of COVID-19, Denver Parks & Recreation will not be opening its outdoor pools for the 2020 season.
  • Recreation Centers
  • Restrooms

Due to public and private gathering limitations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • New applications will be accepted on a staggered timeline by permit type – please see webpages linked below for specific information and requirements for each type of permit, including new maximum participant capacities and other restrictions due to COVID-19:
    · Athletic Fields & Courts
    · Assemblies, Public Events & Special Occasions
    · Picnics
    · Event Facilities
    · Temporary Vending
    · Private Outdoor Fee-Based Activity

  • All existing in-process 2020 permits for July 10 or later are still being processed - should the status of these permits change, permit holders will be notified as soon as possible

  • Permit holders for any type of 2020 permit may contact the Parks Permit Office at any time for a full refund

  • The Parks Permit Office remains CLOSED until further notice. Please contact us:
    Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    720.913.0700 (press 6, then leave a message)

Find more Denver Parks & Recreation permitting information.


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201 West Colfax Ave, Dept. 601
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 913-1311
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