As the City merges the Fairmount Park Commission and the Recreation Department into a single, unified Parks and Recreation Department, many park issues remain unresolved. Among these issues is the issuing of permit for large events.
In the past, the Rec department would issue permits for events of more than 25 people, or events where amplified sound is used. As of February 2011, Parks and Recreation has not developed its new permit processes and requirements yet.
One matter of concern is the possibility that permitted events will have to meet an insurance requirement. Some of our Large Events are run by organizations which have existing insurance policies. However, many of our long-standing community events, such as the Best Fest and the Music and Arts Festival, do not have the same degree of organizational support, and may find it difficult– if not impossible– to meet this requirement should it come to pass.
As we said above, we do not yet know if these will be requirements for large events.