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Avon Walk for Breast Cancer - Fundraising Walk rest stop in Madison Square, Oct 11th, 8:30-11:30am

WHEREAS, Community Board Five takes its role in the review of applications for Parks Special Events seriously and requests an opportunity to review the application before a permit is granted by the Parks Department Special Permit Office; and

WHEREAS, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer has submitted an application seeking permission to operate a temporary rest stop that will be installed in the western perimeter of Madison Square Park in order to facilitate participants in their annual fundraising walk; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has conducted their Walk for Breast Cancer fundraiser since 2003, and has experience in the operation of temporary rest stops in various locations throughout New York City; and

WHEREAS, The proposed rest stop will be in operation on Sunday October 11, 2009 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM, requiring set-up to begin at 7:30 AM, and dismantling and clean-up to be completed by 12:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, Twenty-five (25) portable toilets will be delivered to the site late in the evening of Saturday October 10, 2009, and these will be removed after the walk passes through Madison Square Park; and

WHERES, The proposed rest stop will be composed of two (2) 10’-0” X 10’-0” tents for the provision of food and beverages, and one (1) 15’-0” X 15’-0” tent for the provision of medical services for the participants of the walk; and

WHEREAS, The Twenty-five (25) portable toilets will be spaced as not to block park benches or entrances; and

WHEREAS, There will be a few 2’-0” X 3’-0” informational sandwich board signs set-up to help the walkers at this rest stop; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has repeatedly denied access to its parks for commercial events, however, in our review of all of the information and material provided by the applicant, it is clearly exhibited that there is no particular product that is being promoted, and that corporate signage is minimal; and

WHEREAS, The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is an event that is charitable in nature, does not have a commercial intent, and operation of this rest stop will offer some public benefit; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by Avon Walk for Breast Cancer to operate a temporary rest stop in Madison Square Park on Sunday October 11, 2009

The above resolution passed by a vote of 37 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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