Elitch Gardens is now requiring teenagers under the age of 16 to be accompanied by an adult — a rule change brought on by troublemaking teens, the park says.
“Elitch Gardens strives to maintain a fun, family-friendly environment and this policy modification better enables us to continue to do so,” the Denver amusement park said in a statement Saturday. “The park has experienced some unsupervised and unruly teenagers attending this summer that can alter this environment.”
Previously, children 12 years old and younger had to be chaperoned by an adult. The policy change bumps that age up by three years, to children 15 and younger.
“We will continue to improve our policies and procedures as needed,” the park’s statement said. “Guests that the policy modification absolutely does not work for, we will work with them directly to resolve their concerns.”
Chaperones must be responsible adults 21 years of age or older, park rules state.
The policy change only applies to mornings and early afternoons. The park’s rules already required all minors, including 16- and 17-year-olds, to be accompanied by a responsible adult after 3 p.m. That rule remains unchanged.
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