Both sides get the word out on potential beer ban

DENVER – Supporters on each side of a proposed ban on beer in Washington Park were out in force this weekend.

Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt proposed the ban on beer after he says his office was littered with complaints from neighbors about inappropriate behavior and trash in the area. Nevitt's office placed letters on resident's doors in the area, outlining the plan.

According to the letter, the ban on alcohol would only last this season.

"Somehow we need to hit the "re-set button" at Washington Park, to take that the temperature down from this over-boiling pot," the letter says.

Right now, park-goers can bring beer with them, as long as it has a 3.2 percent alcohol content and is in a can.

As those letters went out, the effort to fight the ban was in full-force. A group protesting the proposal spent Saturday handing out petitions in the park. Late Saturday, an online petition against the ban had more than 500 signatures.

"I live here and enjoy my lifestyle and when you start to infringe on that lifestyle, I start asking why," said Sarah Spivey, creator of the petition.

Denver Parks and Recreation is holding a community meeting on the issue Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Baha'i Center, 225 E. Bayaud in Denver.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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