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Applications from Madison Square Park Conservancy for Annual Roster of Programming in 2020

At the regularly scheduled monthly Community Board Five meeting on Thursday, January 16, 2020, the following resolution passed with a vote of 32 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:

WHEREAS, Madison Square Park Conservancy ("Applicant") has submitted applications for their annual roster of programming for 2020, comprised of the following events:

WHEREAS, Applicant has terminated the Big Apple BBQ and Madison Square Eats; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has pared down summer evening events from a larger stage with amplification in the south end of Madison Square Park to acoustic small scale events in the north end of Madison Square Park; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has significantly reduced the total number of events as well as the footprint for many events; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five believes that the nature of the programming is greatly to the public's benefit, and will continue to improve public access to Madison Square Park on event days from prior years; and

WHEREAS, Applicant has committed to return to Community Board Five to separately discuss any additional marketing or commercial events in 2020, subject to Community Board Five's standard review process and public hearings; and

WHEREAS, There is long-standing precedent for these events in Madison Square Park, and Community Board Five has found a significant amount of support for these events from residents and stakeholders in the community; and

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

WHEREAS, When presenting future event applications, Applicant will clearly state whether or not these events are occurring concurrently with previously approved special events; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the applications from Madison Square Park Conservancy for their annual roster of programming for 2020.

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