^
Keep Westword Free
4

Nederland officials throw a shmucky wet blanket on Fourth fun

Okay, with the entire state a tinderbox, we can understand why private fireworks have been banned and Fourth of July fireworks displays were cancelled across Colorado. And it was precisely because of the dry conditions that the folks in Nederland came up with an alternative activity for the Fourth: a water fight. But then spoilsport officials in that town put a wet blanket on the fun.

Not only were Nederland's fireworks canceled, but town officials proclaimed the community-wide Fourth of July water fight at Chipeta Park that was planned as a replacement after the parade was a hazard and cancelled it because of insurance concerns. Nederland police officers would break up any frolickers they spotted, the town's Facebook page warned.

"It is not part of the permitted event and the Community Fair organizers are not willing to carry the liability for an unpermitted event held in the park over which they have exclusive use," Teresa Myers, Nederland town clerk, wrote in an e-mail to the Boulder Camera.

Oooh, an unpermited water right! Scary!

In these dry, dry days, it's hard to imagine that a town officials could be all wet. But with their shmucky behavior, Nederland's definitely qualify. The shmuck stops here! See our complete Shmuck of the Week archive.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.