TH Outdoor & Events application to conduct an event promoting Subaru in Union Square Park on Monday September 14, 2009 and Tuesday September 15, 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, TH Outdoor & Events has submitted an application seeking permission for a special event to be conducted in Union Square, south side on the steps on Monday September 14, and Tuesday, September 15, 2009 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM, requiring set-up to begin after midnight on the first day, and dismantling and clean-up to be completed by 8:30 PM on the last; and
WHEREAS, The applicant has stated that the purpose of this proposed event is to conduct a promotional viewing event relative to a commercial campaign with Subaru; and
WHEREAS, Set-up for the event would include an interactive car and large scale meter; and
WHEREAS, Promotional branding will be included on the meter and car; and
WHEREAS, The sponsors have offered a financial contribution of $55,000.00 to be paid into the city’s general fund; and
WHEREAS, Even though we acknowledge that this financial contribution is substantial, Community Board Five has repeatedly taken the position to deny access to our parks for special events that are predominantly commercial in nature and that offer questionable benefit to parks visitors; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by TH Outdoor & Events to conduct an event promoting Subaru in Union Square Park on Monday September 14, 2009 and Tuesday September 15, 2009.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.