Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 15, 2012

Policy to limit park events back on deck

FROM STAFF REPORTS
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TRAVERSE CITY — A policy to limit the number of events at public parks returns to the Traverse City Commission with drastically reduced permit fees.

The commission discussed the proposed policy in October, but commissioners took issue with event fees that could hit $1,700 for the first day and $865 for each additional day. The new proposed fees top out at $400 for the first day and $200 for each additional day. Nonprofits would pay $100 initially and $50 for each additional day.

The proposed policy divides events into high- and low-impact and limits high-impact events in parks to two per-month. It also restricts use of the Open Space to the National Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, and one other high-impact event that lasts more than three days. High-impact events sell merchandise, sell alcohol, have significant infrastructure, or require city staffing during the event.

The commission will consider the policy when it meets Monday at 7 p.m. in the Governmental Center.