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Elitch Gardens COVID-19 Update

Elitch Gardens COVID-19 Update

So, when is Elitch Gardens finally opening? Spoiler alert: nobody knows. Here is a letter that was recently released by Elitch Gardens’ General Manager.

Dear Valued Elitch Guest,

We can’t thank you enough for your patience as our team at Elitch Gardens continues to work hard toward an opening this season.   Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, we have worked with theme and water park industry experts across the country to develop an elevated operational plan that would allow us to open safely for guests and team members in this new environment. 

Our plan, a comprehensive and detailed 56-page COVID-19 operating strategy, includes guest and employee health screenings, greatly enhanced cleaning protocols, regular sanitization of all high touch surfaces, free and readily available hand sanitizer throughout the park, broad social distancing measures, proper use of personal protective equipment, a reduced hourly flow of guests into the park to eliminate congestion at our front gate and reduced in-park capacity to encourage easy social distancing and reduce guest density.  We even directly engaged one of the country’s top epidemiologists to review and advise us on our plan prior to submitting it to local and state authorities. 

To date, over 75% of the top U.S. attractions including brands like Disney, Universal Studios and numerous Six Flags parks, have either re-opened or have been able to publish an opening date.  In our community, the Denver Zoo, Botanic Gardens and Museum of Nature and Science and Downtown Aquarium have all been allowed to re-open, as have gyms, shopping malls, casinos, churches, restaurants and bars.  We are confident in our plan to open safely and expect to be treated fairly as we anxiously await approval from our local and state authorities.

However, despite our efforts and considerable investment already made to enact our new safety protocols, I cannot yet give you an opening date for Elitch Gardens. I realize how incredibly frustrating this is for our all our guests.  For our current 2020 season pass holders, we will extend their season pass into our 2021 season for as many days as the park is closed this season. This extension applies to any 2020 dining plan already purchased, too. Click here to see details!  This extension offer will be valid on any season passes and dining plans sold until we announce our 2020 opening day. 

I am not giving up hope that we will soon have an opening date for 2020 and ask for your continued patience and support.  As soon as I have new information, I will share that with you.  We stand ready to welcome you back and celebrate the 130th Anniversary of Elitch Gardens!  It seems that now more than ever, our world needs a place like Elitch Gardens where friends and families can go to make memories together that will last a lifetime.


David Dorman
General Manager

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