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Madison Square Park Conservancy - application to conduct annual special events in 2012

WHEREAS, Madison Square Park Conservancy has submitted an application seeking permission to conduct their annual special events in Madison Square Park in 2012, consisting of the Kids Fest event on Saturday, May 19 and Saturday, June 2, 2012; the Madison Square Kids programs on Tuesday & Thursday mornings from June 14 through August 11, 2012; the Celebrate Flatiron Chefs! fundraiser on Tuesday July 17; the Madison Square Reads programs on Thursday evenings from July 5 through July 26, 2012; the Oval Lawn programs on Wednesday evenings from June 20 through August 8, 2012; the Music Studio programs on Saturday afternoons from September 15 through October 6, 2012; and the Holiday Tree Lighting on Wednesday December 12, 2012; and

WHEREAS, Celebrate Flatiron Chefs! would be a ticketed fundraising event featuring local chefs benefiting the Madison Square Park Conservancy, and this would be anticipated to raise over $100,000.00, with the other events being free of charge and open to the public; and

WHEREAS, There is a 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, Madison Square Park Conservancy has agreed that when presenting future event applications, that they will clearly state whether or not these 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, Madison Square Park Conservancy has agreed to return and present these changes to Community Board Five; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of Madison Square Park Conservancy's application to conduct these annual special events in Madison Square Park in 2012.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 34 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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