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Applications from Union Square Partnership for their 2020 Roster of Programming

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2020, the following resolution passed with a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, The Union Square Partnership (”Applicant”) is a neighborhood BID and a community-based organization working to ensure the best possible neighborhood for its residents, businesses and visitors; and

WHEREAS, Applicant is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that works to provide the Union Square district's continued growth; and,

WHEREAS, Applicant has submitted applications for their roster of annual programming for 2020, comprised of:

· "It's My Park! Day": sustainability-focused activities for families on the Center Lawn on Saturday, June 6th from 11 AM - 2 PM

· "Summer in the Square": fitness and kids activities, live music, and movie nights on the North and South Plazas, every Thursday June 11th - August 6th, 7 AM - 8:30 PM

· "Harvest in the Square": food and dining event featuring local restaurants, raising funds for Union Square Partnership on the North Plaza on Thursday, September 17th from 6 PM - 9 PM

· "Happy Pawlidays": pet and family-focused activities to celebrate the opening of the Urbanspace Holiday Market on the West Plaza on Sunday, November 22nd from 11 AM - 2 PM

WHEREAS, With the exception of “Harvest in the Square”, which is an annual fundraiser, all events are
free and open to the public; and

WHEREAS, Set-up for each proposed special event would begin no earlier than 6:00 PM the evening
before the event (upon expiration of the Greenmarket permit, when relevant), and dismantling and
cleanup to be completed before 6:00 AM on the morning following the event; and

WHEREAS, There is a long-standing precedent for these events in Union Square Park, with support from
surrounding stakeholders; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has agreed to provide Community Board Five with all information and renderings
of any sponsorship of any events, and that when presenting future event applications, that they will clearly
state whether those events are occurring concurrently with previously approved special events; and

WHEREAS, If there are any material changes in the event from previous years, i.e. signage, set-up, scale,
location, and/or ancillary activities, Applicant has agreed to return and present these changes to
Community Board Five; and,

WHEREAS, Applicant’s programs include sanitation, public safety, economic development and
marketing services, and investment in the beautification and maintenance of Union Square Park, a crown
jewel of the district; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has an impeccable record of reliable and clear presentations to the public and
execution of their events; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has shown diligence in applying recommendations and suggestions from
Community Board Five; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the applications from Union
Square Partnership for their 2020 Roster of Programming.

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