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Madison Square Park Conservancy - application to conduct a special event, sponsored by Seventh Generation, in Madison Square Park on November 18, 2009

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, Madison Square Park Conservancy has submitted an application seeking permission to conduct a special event near the reflecting pool in Madison Square Park on Wednesday November 18, 2009, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, requiring set-up to begin at 6:00 AM and dismantling and clean-up to be completed by 6:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, The sole sponsor of this public awareness event to promote environmental awareness is Seventh Generation, a manufacturer of “environmentally-responsible” household cleaning products; and

WHEREAS, Activities would include live music performances, storytelling, and t-shirt making, with the intent drawing the attention of the brand’s targeted demographic, mother’s with young children, and information would be disseminated regarding harmful chemicals traditionally used in household cleaning products; and

WHEREAS, Although a site plan has been presented, exhibiting that the event would be conducted inside three (3) or five (5) tents measuring 10’-0” X 10’-0”, the applicant did not have any renderings or elevation details for our review, thus creating a challenge to envision the overall appearance; and               

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