Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7:54AM Logan Barclay
Having heard about the Easter Egg Hunt that was organized by Chandra King, I headed for Myers Park about a half hour before the 2:00pm event to see what was in store. As I arrived, I looked across the field at Myer's Park to see thousands of colorful eggs. I have to admit I was a bit sceptical as to whether enough kids would even show up to hunt for all these eggs. Knowing that this event had been widely communicated throughout the city helped to keep my hopes up.
Then, about a half hour before the event, people started showing up. As families started to flood in, the community was kindly reminded to keep off the grass until the event started. By 2 o'clock, my skepticism had dissapated. People just seemed to be appearing out of thin air! By the time the event started, there was easily more than a thousand kids and families hunting for eggs.
The Love City Fellowship band was playing tunes in the pavilion. Children were lining up after the Egg Hunt for free popcorn and cookies. There was also a vendor selling very responsibly priced hot dogs and such. The Easter Bunny even stopped in to visit with the kids and was more than happy to pose for photos! From what I could tell, everything ran smoothly.
It was truly heartwarming to see so many parents, grandparents and others out with their children having a great time. Many people had the opportunity to get photos and video of their kids as they hunted for eggs. Overall this was a well coordinated event and a brilliant use of community space. Hopefully with a bit of fine tuning and community involvement this can be an event that will flourish in years to come.