Madison Square Conservancy, Event Application.
WHEREAS, Community Board Five has expressed on going concern with the size, scope and frequency of several commercial events conducted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy ("Conservancy") over the past year; and
WHEREAS, In an effort to address these concerns the Conservancy has agreed with the Community Board Five Parks Committee to provide a comprehensive list of Conservancy sponsored events in the beginning of January of each year; and
WHEREAS, The Conservancy has submitted event plans with generally the same genre of events, same frequency and form as 2006, with one notable exception to be addressed below; and
WHEREAS, The Conservancy uses best efforts to work with the local community, Community Board and other concerned stake holder to address issues which arise during the programs presented throughout the year; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the 2007 Public Program Agenda submitted by the Conservancy with the following exceptions, caveats and requests:
Specific plans for the Big Apple Barbeque and the US Open, events which have grown in size and scope over time, will be submitted well in advance to Community Board Five for approval on an individual and ongoing basis.
A new event, Madison Square Studio, with two performances is not approved at this time because it is an additional commercial event with all of the associated pitfalls in a park where we believe there is an over-saturation of commercial activity. However, the Conservancy heard the concerns of the Parks Committee regarding this additional event and may return to the Board for approval during the year should they choose to address the concerns discussed.
The Conservancy works closely with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to communicate any changes or additions to these events, or any other events which Parks conducts in the Madison Square Park, to Community Board Five on a timely basis so that the Board has the opportunity to comment on the changes or additions.