Elitch Gardens. Photo Credit: foto_graffiti (iStock)

Elitch Gardens. Photo Credit: foto_graffiti (iStock)

Denver amusement park Elitch Gardens has announced that they won't be opening for the 2020 season.

A message from the company states that the cancelation of the 2020 season is the result of the State's Executive Order that prohibits amusement parks from operating amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

An open letter from the general manager states that the closure will mean not hiring more than 1,400 staff members.

As the general manager continues, he comments on state's decision to keep Elitch Gardens closed, stating:

"Even though about 85% of the theme and water parks are open and operating safely around the U.S., and almost all other attractions in our Denver area community and throughout Colorado have been given permission to re-open, Elitch Gardens continues to be denied that opportunity [...] Unfortunately, despite management’s substantial efforts, we have been unable to obtain government approval to open. As a result, Elitch Gardens will remain closed in 2020."

The park is planning to reopen for the 2021 season. All 2020 Season Pass holders will be upgraded to a 2021 VIP Season Pass. The park is also selling 2021 VIP Season passes on their website.

Elitch Gardens Theme Park and Water Park is an amusement park in Denver, Colorado. It spans 65 acres and features 40 rides, including six roller coasters. Though it has gone through many changes over time, the brand has been around since 1890.

A number of restrictions and special rules exist around Colorado as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to grow. New rules are still being put in place with bars recently told to make their last calls earlier and some places requiring masks in public outdoor spaces.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. He also writes about outdoor recreation, travel news, and more. In his spare time, he loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike.


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