Madison Square Park Conservancy's application to conduct a special event for the Mets/Yankees Subway Series games on Friday, June 18th 2010, Saturday, June 19th 2010, and Sunday, June 20th 2010
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, Madison Square Park Conservancy has submitted an application seeking permission to conduct a special screening of the Mets/Yankees Subway Series games on a screen near the reflecting pool in Madison Square Park where the evening game on Friday, June 18th starts at 7pm and the afternoon games on Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th start at 1pm; and
WHEREAS, This proposed event would be similar to the special event for the U.S. Open in late August where activities are free and open to the public; and
WHEREAS, This proposed event would be sponsored by Delta who would pay a $120,000 contribution to the Madison Square Park Conservancy; and
WHEREAS, This proposed event would feature a screen to show the games, a set of bleachers near the screen, and local food vendors on the north end of Madison Square Park; and
WHEREAS, The south end of the park would be utilized for children's activities such as batting cages, pitch throwing, and baseball clinics, which will all be shut down when the games start; and
WHEREAS, The proposed event would include a Delta Sky Lounge on the south end of the park, which will be free and open to the public, and have minimal and unobtrusive signage; and
WHEREAS, With very little promotional intent, the proposed event would provide New York baseball fans - who may not afford to be spectators at CitiField or Yankee Stadium - with the opportunity to watch our hometown teams playing against one another, in an outdoor setting on a late Spring afternoon or night; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of Madison Square Park Conservancy's application to conduct their special event for the Mets/Yankees Subway series games on Friday, June 18th 2010, Saturday, June 19th 2010, and Sunday June 20th 2010.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 27 in favor; 6 opposed; 1 abstaining.