- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Are there any lawyers or just people smarter than me — probably anyone reading this post — help me review the terms on this website (NYC Gov Parks : Rules) about hosting a small wedding reception of up to 75 people that serves food and has live, amplified music?
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NYC Parks (www.nycgovparks.org) has certain rules about private events in a public park. All of which is understandable. I reviewed the information on their website and applied for a permit to have a private event in the park via their website. According to their fee schedule and rules, there is no reason why we cannot have a private event, even if it is wedidng reception, in the park.
We got a verbal denial, about a month ago when I asked to meet with the park officials to review the wedding reception itinerary and the vendors who will do all of the set up and cleanup of the event. Our wedding date is set on June 1st, 2013.
The Brooklyn Park association gave me two major reasons for denying the permit request: 1) We cannot have a private event that excludes the public use of the park. 2) There is no precendence of a wedding reception in the park; and if I was allowed to have one, then they must approve others as well.
Firstly, I only am using a small fraction of the park (see image) :
and their website (nycgovparks.org) says that there is a fee for using up to 25% of the park. IF i had to guess, it’s probably less way below 5%. Secondly, not having a precedence is the perfect reason to have a wedding there. We are promoting Brooklyn Public Parks, local Brooklyn vendors and much more. To me, this is a great way for the parks to make money from the fees AND promote the community of Brooklyn.
I have all of the other required permits for serving/catering food from the Dept of Health. I have permission for amplified sound from local police precint. I even have insurance for a public event that covers up to $2MM in coverage (it’s the same insurance that major caterers use and event planners use).
Here is the link to their fee schedule and definitions of special events: http://www.nycgovparks.org/rules/section-2-10
I’m currently reaching out the NYC Community Group, including the Brooklyn Borough President’s office and the NY State Senator’s office.
What else can I do?