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  1. I see no problem with charging private groups money to use public space. That money goes back into maintaining that space for everyone.

  2. Matt – the idea pitched here is to eliminate permit fees for non-profit park friends groups running volunteer-led community events and programming in parks. Park permit fees would still apply to private activities like birthday parties etc. You can read more about Park People’s Free the Parks platform here >

  3. Claire – Parks Friends groups are still privately organized groups. Anyone can organize a group that claims to represent the community. The Fords claim to represent the community (which is technically correct, since they were democratically elected), but I still think they should be charged for using the parks for their Ford Fests.