Clarification for Permanent Picnic Areas Without a Pavillion or Canopy Overtop
From what I have gathered, the general consensus is that a permanent picnic area that has a concrete base with mounted tables & chairs and some sort of structure over it are eligible. Picnic areas that do not have permanent structures are not eligible. But what about the middle ground? A picnic area that has no structure over it, but the tables and chairs are permanently mounted into a concrete or brick base or are built into the ground? I have also seen people debate over permanent BBQ's being a deciding factor as well. 3 examples of picnic areas like this are below.
- This is my rejected submission, so maybe I am biased. It is a small park-like setting with permanently mounted tables and benches (they are all bolted into the bricks, but it is difficult to tell without zooming in). It is outside of an office building but is accessible & open to the public
- This is a large cluster of picnic tables that are visually built into the ground with no way of being moved or removed. There is also a permanent bbq. Essentially the same and as permanent as a similar area that has a pavilion or canopy over it
- Smaller picnic area that appears to have tables built into the ground with no way of being moved or removed. Like the one above, there is also a permanent bbq. Essentially the same and as permanent as a similar area that has a pavilion or canopy over it. This one does have a sign defining the area
Is it possible to get clarification on these from Niantic? My personal belief is these should be treated the same way as pavilions or as long as they are visually permanent (ie: mounted, bolted, or built into the ground). Individual tables are and should continue to be ineligible. Same with any "loose" tables or benches. This would only apply to clusters or areas that are exclusively small picnic areas/parks.
Thank you all for taking your time to read this and to also share your opinion!