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UNICEF charity event, Union Square, Mar 22nd, 12-6pm

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, UNICEF has submitted an application seeking permission for a special event to be conducted in the South Plaza of Union Square Park on Sunday March 22nd, 2009, between the hours of 12 Noon and 6:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, The purpose of this proposed event is to kick-off World Water Week and to promote UNICEF’s Tap Project ®, which is an ongoing effort to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world; and

WHEREAS, This event will require set-up beginning at 11:00 AM and clean-up to be completed by 7:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, This event will be conducted in a 10’X 10’ area adjacent to the water fountain; and

WHEREAS, The magician, Nathan Thompson will be conducting performances intended to educate spectators about UNICEF’s Tap Project ®; and

WHEREAS, This event is free of charge to all spectators, and there will not be any sale of food or merchandise; and

WHEREAS, There will be informational literature distributed at this proposed event; and

WHEREAS, It should be acknowledged that due to the ongoing construction in the North Plaza, and the relocation of the Greenmarket toward the west and the south, there is a decrease in available park space, as well as fewer days in which special events can be held in the South Plaza of Union Square Park; and

WHEREAS, This type of event is non-commercial, educational in nature, requires a minimal footprint, and this briefly occurs within a single afternoon; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by UNICEF to conduct this promotional event in the South Plaza of Union Square Park on Sunday March 22nd, 2009.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 24 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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