Food vendors near Coors Field told to move

DENVER – Citing a mistake on its own part, Denver Public Works has denied permits for push-cart food vendors in the area of Coors Field.

As part of an agreement from 1995 between the Rockies and the City of Denver - when Coors Field was built, no push carts are allowed in the area around the ballpark bordered by 20th Street, Market Street, Park Avenue West and Wynkoop Street.

But Public Works admits to 9NEWS that it was mistakenly not enforcing the ban in the area for several years.

"It was completely a city mistake and that's why we're working to fix it," said Christine Downs, a spokeswoman for Denver Public Works.

Downs said the ban was put in place to reduce crowding in the area to keep people safe, and that it has nothing to do with vendor sales inside the ballpark.

"The city made the decisions for all traffic and pedestrian safety issues surrounding the ballpark," said Jay Alves, a spokesman for the Rockies, who acknowledged the agreement.

When looking through the agreement recently because of an unrelated change, Downs said the city recognized its error and corrected it.

Downs could not provide a specific reason why the vendors were allowed in, but said it could have been an error caused by a change in staffing or just an oversight.

The city is waiving application fees for the five vendors impacted and Downs said Public Works is working with the vendors to find other locations for them.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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