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Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong Seeks Review of City’s Outdoor Events Permitting Process and Recommendations on Penalties on Violators of City Requirements

Post Date:08/07/2018 1:12 PM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
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Atlanta, Georgia 30303 

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Atlanta City Council Communications Director
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August 7, 2018 

Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong Seeks Review of City’s Outdoor Events Permitting Process and Recommendations on Penalties on Violators of City Requirements

 

ATLANTA – City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong introduced a resolution calling for the Department of Parks and Recreation to review its current policy for approving outdoor event permits and to provide recommendations for penalties for violation of permit requirements.

The resolution will be discussed during the Community Development and Human Services Committee meeting held on Tuesday, August 14th at 12:30 p.m. in Committee Room No. 1.

The Department of Parks and Recreation – through the Office of Parks currently manages the permitting process for the use of City of Atlanta picnic pavilions.

The request comes after organizers applied for an outdoor event permit for the use of Coan Park on Saturday, August 4th. The event was touted as a back-to-school celebration with approximately 200 attendees. Yet, on Saturday an estimated 2,000 people arrived at Coan Park for the celebration. The result, an extreme strain on City public safety resources.

Permit applicants are currently charged a refundable event bond of $100 to reserve a pavilion. The bond is designed to ensure the City is only required to perform minimal clean-up, and to cover any damage to City property. Outdoor event permits are issued for individuals wishing to reserve City pavilions.

“The City must implement changes to our existing permitting process that ensures applicants are held accountable for hosting events that damage city property, endanger citizens, and/or are held at venues inappropriate for the actual crowd size,” Archibong said.

The Councilmember is requesting that the parks department provide recommendations that include but are not limited to: expanding the purview and increasing the amount of event bond fees, civil and/or criminal penalties, and refusal of all future outdoor event applications for violations of a prior permit.

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