Elitch Gardens opens this weekend in Denver (copy)

Elitch Gardens will not open for the 2020 season. Photo courtesy Elitch Gardens.

Denver amusement park Elitch Gardens announced Friday that it 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 David Dorman, general manager of Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, said that the closure would mean not hiring more than 1,400 staff members this season.

"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," the letter said.

The letter also said that park management 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."

Read the full letter here.

The park, which would have celebrated its 130th season this year, 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.

Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run.

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