Boulder City Parks To Close Overnight, Occupy Feels Targeted

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– All city parks in the City of Boulder will shut down overnight. Enforcement will begin Wednesday.

Boulder City Council made the decision Tuesday and Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam planned to sign the new rule Wednesday.

People who remain in city parks between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. may be ticketed for trespassing. The fine does not apply to people jogging or riding bikes through the park during those hours.

Occupy Boulder protesters believe the new rule is aimed at them. They claim it will not stop their movement.

“The rule to close the parks is targeted to the Occupiers because this rule came at the same time and season that the Occupiers had moved their tents,” said one Occupy protester.

Boulder Occupiers have been camped out in a city park in front of the municipal building for the past few months.

Some Boulder residents also said they are not happy with the new rule.

“We all know that this is a determined movement engaged in protected speech. This will not stop them,” said one Boulder resident.

“Police already have the power and if they can’t figure out how to use it, then that might be their situation and problem” said one Boulder resident.

Brautigam proposed the new rule in December 2011, citing trash and health concerns that she said spanned the past several years.

The city already has a law about camping on city property, but Brautigam said it’s not working,” Our police officers cannot watch the campers at every moment. They are not able to right effective tickets.”

  • Obama Sucks

    It is aimed at you idiot occupy socialistic tools.

    I have an idea – try doing something productive with your lives instead of laying around in the parks like the waste of human flesh you are.

    F Hussein Obama – he created these losers. Vote him out!

    • Sophia

      You are stupid, some of the people that stay there do have jobs. A large number of people there don’t like obama. How did obama create us???????

      • @sophia

        Thanks Sophia – you have confirmed the ignorance of the occupy trash.

  • Ted

    Agreed, nothing but a bunch of antisocial losers.

  • Bill

    Oh Wahhhhhh. Cry me a river. Poor babies.

  • Daniel

    “They are not able to right effective tickets.” Do you suppose it’s Brautigam or the CBS4 reporter who is functionally illiterate.

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