DENVER â€” After the denial of permits for Denverâ€™s 420 Rally, questions are being raised about how permits are granted to organizations holding events in public parks.
Some people believe there should be a more vigorous public discussion before the city gives event organizers a green light.
The smattering of homes near the Overland Golf Course Park is usually a quiet neighborhood.
But it wonâ€™t be that way for several weeks in the fall of 2018 if the city approves a permit for a concert and art show that could temporarily shut down the course.
Helene Orr, who lives across the street said, â€œWhen youâ€™re talking 50,000 to 70,000 people per day for three days your talking three weeks of major construction â€¦ and weâ€™re talking stages that are two and three stories high. This is a major major thing happening.â€
Orr said there was never a public notice that a company had applied to hold the event here.
â€œThe city feels like they have the right to use or misuse for whatever they want to do. And combine with a neighborhood that doesnâ€™t have a lot of lawyers and architects that live there to fight it,â€ she said.
â€œItâ€™s not fair,â€ Tom Morris said.
Morris has been fighting to change the way the city of Denver approves permits for events at public parks.
â€œWe need to have an organized expectable process where weâ€™re guaranteed to be notified if there is going to be a change in the use of the park and time to think about it and opportunities to participate with public discussion,â€ Morris said.
The cityâ€™s Parks and Rec Department told us organizations currently only need to apply for a permit.
No public hearings are necessary.
Thatâ€™s not good enough according to Morris.
â€œI have been asking to zone the parks because we apply zoning to every other scrap of land in the city and not our most valuable land which is these parks.â€
The city has not yet approved the concert and show at Overland.
A parks spokesman said it wants to make sure the venue is ready to handle the noise, trash and parking.
Still, some who live here are worried there will be problems.