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Shelley Fox’s application to conduct the First Annual Paradise Health Fair in Union Square Park

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

HEREAS, Shelley Fox has submitted an application seeking permission for a health fair to be conducted in the South Plaza of Union Square Park on Sunday August 2, 2009 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, requiring set-up to begin at 7:00 AM, and dismantling and clean-up to be completed by 6:45 PM; and

WHEREAS, The mission of the proposed Paradise Health Fair is to educate participants on a wide variety of illnesses, promote illness prevention, provide free comprehensive health screenings, and to further inspire people to take responsibility for their well being and vitality; and

WHEREAS, Activities will also include HIV testing, interactive demonstrations for children, and musical entertainment by a live band and DJ; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has expressed a desire that the proposed health fair would provide wellness information for the homeless; and

WHEREAS, The event is free of charge to all spectators, and there will be no sale of merchandise or food, however free food and smoothies would be served; and

WHEREAS, Although Community Board Five is concerned that due to the current and ongoing construction in the North Plaza, there is a decrease in available park space, as well as fewer days in which special events can be held in Union Square Park, the proposed event is one which does not require a large amount of space, is brief in duration, does not have a commercial intent, and may offer some public benefit; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board 5 recommends approval of the application by Shelley Fox to conduct the First Annual Paradise Health Fair in Union Square Park on Sunday August 2, 2009.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor;
opposed; 1 abstaining.

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