Vol.51 No. 43
Wednesday, March 5, 1986
Rules and Regulations
.......Some suggested closing the Park at night; some suggested closing the Park on weekends. One commenter suggested that no group should be allowed to demonstrate longer than 24 hours in any one seven-day period. Finally, one individual suggested an alternative regulatory scheme that would allow larger signs, but with restrictions on length of stay.
The National Park Service did consider closing the park to demonstrators at night. However, this limitation, as any limitation on duration of demonstrations, would preclude continuous vigils in Lafayette Park. Although the Park Service does not believe that it has a constitutional obligation to allow continuous vigils, it does not wish to preclude them unless other measures are insufficient to meet aesthetic, public safety and resource concerns.....