DENVER - Denver's 4/20 permit questioned after organizers were given free use of Civic Center Park
A Denver city councilman is questioning why organizers of last weekend's 4/20 celebration were given a free permit to use Civic Center when other large-scale events pay nearly $4,000 a day for festivals.
"My concern is they are hiding behind the First Amendment so they can hold a rally and not have to pay for it," said Councilman Charlie Brown, who is pushing for a new law that would clean up the language about who can receive free general assembly permits.
"This is about fairness and equity," Brown said. "The ordinance would tighten up the permitting process for Civic Center. That is sacred ground to me. It is a national historic area. To let a group have it like that for free? You have to be kidding."
Denver has two types of permits to reserve park space - one is forfestivals and eventsand charges a fee of between $260 and $3,925 depending on attendance and if alcohol is served. Those permit holders must have at least $1 million in insurance coverage and must pay for security, portable toilets, trash service and electricity use.
The city issued between 200 and 300 of those permits in 2012, including events such as Taste of Colorado, the Colfax Marathon and Step Up for Down Syndrome Awareness Walk.
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