Annual Easter egg hunt will take place in late March

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 4, 2015

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ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Local kids ages 2-10 will have the chance to find Easter eggs and get some candy — and prizes — when the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe holds its annual Easter Egg Hunt March 28 at Roseville’s Huron Park.

RARE Assistant Director Bobbie Wilson said the event will begin at 10 a.m. sharp and take place in the park’s four ball fields. Each field will be split into a specific age division: The first is for kids ages 2-3, the second for ages 4-5, the third for ages 6-7, and the final one for kids 8-10.

“If parents have kids in multiple age groups, we do each division individually,” Wilson said. “We do 2- to 3-year-olds first, then let them clear the field, and then we do the next (group). That way, parents with kids in multiple age groups can watch their kids do the egg hunt.”

The kids will line up at the foul line on each of the fields, and once a signal is given, rush forth onto the field to grab all the eggs they can fit in their bags. Wilson said a few eggs will have tickets inside for prizes — ranging from coloring books to toys — but every egg will hold a piece of candy. In total, she said, there will be about 5,000 eggs for the hunt.

The Roseville Fire Department is scheduled to give the Easter Bunny a lift to the event on a fire truck at the start of the egg hunt.

“It’s a long way to hop,” she said. “So we team up with them to give the Easter Bunny a lift so he doesn’t have to hop so far.”

In case of bad weather like snow or rain, Wilson said the event would be moved to the following morning, March 29. In case of severe weather both days, the event would be moved to the recreation center on Sycamore, with volunteers stationed at Huron Park to direct arriving people.

The event itself should be over within 20-30 minutes, so Wilson stressed that anyone interested in coming should be sure to arrive early so they can find parking and be ready for the starting rush.

RARE Board Chairman Steve Duchane said one of the reasons people support the recreation authority is so that it keeps traditions and activities going for kids to get engaged in the community.

“We all smile about the scene of small, excited children running around finding eggs,” Duchane said. “It’s an early-life, memory-making experience.”

Wilson said the egg hunt is a tradition that has been going on for 25 years or longer, as it already was established when the recreation director, Tony Lipinski, came on the job around 22 years ago.

The egg hunt remains free thanks to sponsorship from the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce and the Roseville Caring Clowns, she said, who provide the bags and money for prizes, respectively. Those organizations cover the cost to run the egg hunt.

Huron Park is located at the corner of Frazho Road and Kelly Road in Roseville. For more information, contact the Recreation Authority at (586) 445-5480.

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