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Pakistan Day Parade and Fair Committee, application to use sidewalk in front of Madison Square Park on Sunday, August 27, 2006

WHEREAS, The Pakistan Parade and Fair Committee has applied for a Special Events permit for the use of Madison Square Park for a post-parade cultural event on Sunday, August 27, 2006; and

WHEREAS, This event is expected to draw over 20,000 people to the immediate Madison Square Park area; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five is concern that the applicant’s event has far outgrown the Madison Square Park area’s capacity and urges the city to work with the applicant in the future to find an alternative and appropriate location for the applicant’s post-parade event; and

WHEREAS, In past years, the applicant has failed to provide adequate crowd control resulting in the need for NYPD assistance with crowd control and destruction of park property; and

WHEREAS, To address the above matter, the applicant has paid a bond to the Parks Department in the amount of $5,000 and has agreed to work with the Police Department to control the crowd; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application for a permit for the use of Madison Square Park by the Pakistan Independence Day Parade and Fair Committee on Sunday, August 27, 2006, and be it further

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five urges New York City Parks & Recreation to uphold the integrity of its performance and cleanliness bond processes by consistently requiring such bonds and not returning them to applicants whose events cause extensive damage to public parkland or jeopardize the safety of city workers, event participants, and other members of the public.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 20 in favor, 16 opposed, 1 abstention. 

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