Denver may force workout groups to pay to use city parks

Groups of people who enjoy working out together in Denver’s parks may soon have to pay up if the city pushes forward with a proposed fee for hosting fitness classes.

Boot camps, yoga groups and joggers all frequent the city’s parks, CBS4 reports, but now the city council is considering adopting a permit and fee structure.

“A lot of these groups really are businesses that provide their goods and services in the park,” said Jeff Green, the Marketing and Communications Director with Denver Parks and Recreation. “If they don’t have a permit, they’re kind of breaking the law.”

A city council subcommittee will hear public comment on Tuesday before voting on whether or not to advance the proposal to the full council, CBS4 reports.

Under the permit and fee structure, one 90-minute workout would cost groups of 25 people or less $4.50 to $32.50 depending on the season, park and time of day.

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