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Holistic Health Fair - practitioners, yoga and Tai Chi demos, lectures, etc. in Union Square, May 5th

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, EMU has submitted an application seeking permission for a holistic health fair to be conducted in the South Plaza of Union Square Park on Tuesday May 5, 2009 between the hours of 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM, requiring set-up to begin at 10:00 AM, and dismantling and clean-up to be completed by 8:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, The proposed event titled May Day, will include a gathering of health care practitioners, a yoga demonstration, a Tai Chi demonstration, and various lectures to provide information on preventative and holistic health care alternatives; and

WHEREAS, The event is free of charge to all spectators, and there will be no sale of merchandise or food, nor will there be any advertising materials distributed; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five is concerned that due to the current and ongoing construction in the North Plaza, there is a decrease in available park space, as well as fewer days in which special events can be held in Union Square Park; and

WHEREAS, The proposed event is one which does not require a large amount of space, is brief in duration, does not have a commercial intent, and may offer some public benefit; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 recommends approval of the application by EMU to conduct the May Day holistic health fair in Union Square Park on Tuesday May 5, 2009.

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

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