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City of Littleton Notified that Main Street Block Party is Cancelled

Post Date:05/17/2019

On Monday, May 13, the City of Littleton was notified by the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants (HDLM) association that the Main Street Block Party, scheduled for Saturday, June 8, was being cancelled. 

The City of Littleton notified HDLM on Friday, May 10 that all permits required for the event by the city were approved.  Payment of the $150 permit fee was received by the city on April 9. South Metro Fire Rescue approved permits for the event on Thursday, May 9.

“It came as quite a surprise to learn that the Block Party was cancelled,” said Littleton Communications Director Kelli Narde.  “We met with the HDLM President Greg Reinke on January 8 and on many occasions afterward to review the new permit, offer our staff assistance, and answer any questions.  We had no idea a cancellation was being considered. We’ll continue to support the downtown with events that benefit the merchants and that residents enjoy.”

“The city council has always supported the HDLM and the Main Street Block Party by providing police officers and public works employees at no charge to Mr. Reinke or HDLM.  These employees close the streets, keep the area clean, and ensure it is safe for all attendees.  We ratified our 2019 budget in October 2018 and approved these same commitments to the Block Party. It’s really disappointing that our residents and our downtown merchants will miss out on this fun, community event,” Brinkman said.

In 2018, the cost of overtime for police, fire and public works to staff the event was $18,310.  In 2019 it would have been $16,593 for police and public works.  All Downtown Littleton events sponsored by the City of Littleton will go on as planned including:  three Little Jam concerts in Bega Park, the Littleton Twilight Criterium, the Candlelight Walk and the Elf Crawl.  Western Welcome Week has notified the city that all of its events will go on as planned in August.

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