Elitch Gardens decides not to open this year

Posted Monday, August 3, 2020 10:11 AM | Contributed by J.

From the park:

I am disappointed to have to report that in response to the State’s Executive Order prohibiting the operation of amusement parks due to COVID-19 and undetermined timelines for the easing of such restrictions, we have made the very difficult decision to not open Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park for the 2020 season. To you, our guests, we sincerely apologize that we will not be able to entertain you this season. We truly miss hearing your screams of joy on Mind Eraser and happy splashes in our Commotion Ocean wave pool. We deeply regret not being able to hire our 1,400+ team members this season that become part of our large Elitch Gardens’ family every summer. Although we are sad to have to make this announcement, we are already anticipating seeing everybody’s smiling faces again in 2021.

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. We have held out hope for so long that our park would be treated fairly as we watched the Denver Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Aquarium, the Museum of Science & Nature open in various stages, the casinos welcome back players, the ski resorts’ summertime attractions go into full swing, and even Red Rocks re-open this month for concerts. Park management has spent months consulting with industry experts and government officials to develop a comprehensive plan, including new sanitation and social distancing protocols, that would allow the Park to operate safely. We have also spent a considerable amount of resources training employees, inspecting rides, filling pools, and sprucing up the property, all in anticipation of opening day. 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.

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Monday, August 3, 2020 12:39 PM

So coasters bad, gambling good...oh yeah, makes perfect sense.

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Monday, August 3, 2020 1:25 PM

With the Elitch lineup I'd tend to agree

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:40 AM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar

Welp... good luck on seeing Denver then...

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