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Boulder Considers Closing City Parks At Night

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Boulder (file photo credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Boulder (file photo credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The city manager of Boulder is proposing closing city parks, recreation areas and open space at night, following health and safety concerns from recent encampments.

Supporters of Occupy Wall Street have been gathering in Boulder, sometimes outside the Boulder County courthouse and sometimes near the municipal building.

City Manager Jane Brautigam said in a written statement Friday that the city values people’s rights but also has health and safety concerns related to the encampments.

She is proposing closing parks, recreation areas and open space from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. People could still bike and walk through city parks during those hours, but personal property left behind at night could be considered “abandoned property.”

The proposal is subject to a 15-day public comment period beginning Sunday.

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