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Overland Entertainment application to conduct a special event on behalf of the National Domestic Violence Hotline,  sponsored by Marshall’s, in Union Square Park on Thursday and Friday October 8th and 9th from 12pm to 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, Overland Entertainment has submitted an application seeking permission to conduct an uncomfortably large and lengthy event in the south plaza of Union Square Park on Thursday October 8th, and Friday October 9th, 2009, between the hours of 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM, requiring set-up to begin on Wednesday October 7th at 6:00 AM and dismantling and clean-up to be completed by Saturday October 9 at 2:00 AM; and

WHEREAS, Set-up and dismantling for this event would involve a forklift to load in the structure, power tools to construct the structure, and overnight security; and

WHEREAS, The event would be sponsored by Marshall’s and would be conducted for the National Domestic Violence Hotline, as a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month; and

WHEREAS, This event would feature the a 10’-0” X 60’-0” walkway structure comprised of six (6) open-air arches, which would be placed on the upper landing in the South Plaza of Union Square Park; and

WHEREAS, Each of the arches would prominently display Marshall’s corporate logo, and would list the names of domestic violence organizations and celebrity sponsors; and

WHEREAS, We are concerned with the substantial amount of space that would be required and with the extensive duration of time that is required in order to set-up, dismantle and to conduct this event; and

WHEREAS, Although the event sponsors will pay $40,000.00 to the city’s general fund, Community Board Five has repeatedly taken the position to deny access to our parks for special events that are predominantly commercial and whose footprint and duration of time negatively impacts the public’s access to the park; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 recommends denial of the application by Overland Entertainment to conduct a special event in Union Square Park on Thursday and Friday October 8th and 9th, 2009.

The above resolution passed unanimously.

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