Persian Iranian Parade Foundation Inc.
WHEREAS, A proposal has been received from the Persian Iranian Parade Foundation Inc. to hold a celebration in Madison Square Park; and
WHEREAS, The event would be held March 30, 2008, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with set up starting at 9:00 am and clean up ending by 5:00 pm; and
WHEREAS, The event would consist of music and dancing and sandwich and drink sales by vendors, the applicant would be insured for the event, amplified sound would be used, and the event would be free of charge; and
WHEREAS, The event would be held in conjunction with the Persian Parade to be held the same day, for which a permit has already been issued; and
WHEREAS, the applicant has previously conducted an event in Eisenhower Park, which has a much more spacious fairground, and is outside of the City of New York; and
WHEREAS, NY Persian Parade has applied to hold an event in Madison Square Park on the same day; and
WHEREAS, Both applicants originally appeared before the Parks Committee in January 2008, at which time the Parks Committee requested that the applicants return in February after having discussed how to coordinate or integrate their events and with specific details concerning the logistics of the events, including a diagram showing the areas of the park to be utilized by each organization and a layout of the activities; and
WHEREAS, Both applicants returned to the February committee meeting with no integrated plan and no clear indication of where and how the two events could coexist on the same day; and
WHEREAS, The Parks Committee was concerned that Madison Square Park could not support the several thousand people that could potentially be attracted by these events in light of the fact that lawn area will be closed for seeding on the day of the proposed events and neither applicant has applied for a street closure in conjunction with its event; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by the Persian Iranian Parade Foundation Inc. to hold a celebration in Madison Square Park on March 30, 2008.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.