JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) — The City of Jamestown’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place outside in Allen Park for the first time in five years this Saturday.
Organizers are preparing for the onslaught of kiddos looking for the Easter Bunny and gifts he’ll leave behind this weekend.
“What we’re doing with springtime is trying to open up our parks right now,“ explained Parks Manager Dan Stone. “So of course there is damage from trees and things like that throughout the winter, so we clean all of that up. Pick up any garbage that have, and try to get our parks opened up so that people can come out and enjoy them. And this is really the start of that.”
For the past five years, the hunt has been either moved inside due to inclement weather, or canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Between everything that’s been going on, and then weather, we’ve been inside or weren’t able to have them,“ stated Stone. “So now to be able to really get outside, have it out here in Allen Park, and let the kids run around. It’s going to be awesome.”
For Mayor Eddie Sundquist, seeing kids have a good time is the event’s best aspect.
“We’re just really excited to be able to have it in Allen Park,“ explained Mayor Sundquist. “A tradition that we have been doing for quite a long time. It’s always nice to get out a bit, and the weather’s looking good so we’re excited to be able to actually hide some eggs around the park and have our kids try to find them. It’ll be a wonderful experience for kids and for families just to watch the whole thing.”
In the end, the city park’s director assures us that there are enough goodies for all..
“We’ve got buckets full of candy,“ stated Stone. “We stuffed over 3,000 eggs with candy and stickers, and prize eggs as well. So I think everybody should walk away with a bunch of good things.”
There will be separate hunts for different age groups starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, each group will have a slew of prizes including gift cards, stuffed animals, two new bikes, and of course candy.
One important notice, bathroom facilities at Allen Park will not be open during the hunt due to a recent water main break at the park.