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Jan 3, 2012 8:24 AM by Kate Richards

Boulder's thinking about closing parks overnight

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The Boulder City Council is taking public comment on a proposal to close city parks overnight to address what officials say are safety and health concerns over the Occupy Boulder movement.

The hearing scheduled Tuesday is in response to the city manager's proposal to close parks from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Occupy Boulder members recently moved tents near the city's municipal offices.

The Daily Camera reports that police are having difficulty enforcing current ordinances banning camping and public urination because officers have to catch people in the act to give them tickets. Police say people at the encampment have developed a lookout system to wake up campers if police show up.

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