COMMUNITY: Baskets, balloons, and a bunny

PHOTO BY SAMANTHA BORTNIKER

COMMUNITY: BY SAMANTHA BORTNIKER

Colorful Easter eggs covered the field. Hundreds of residents, parents and children, waited in anticipation for the egg hunt to begin while enjoying the beautiful day, free popcorn, and other activities.

The Takoma Park Recreation Department organized and hosted its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 30 at the Ed Wilhelm Field.

PHOTO BY JAY KELLER

PHOTO BY JAY KELLER

“It’s a great time to see kids having fun and seeing them participate in various games that we have today. Just seeing them have a good time makes it worth it for me,” said John Webster from the Recreation Department. “The great people working with me made it possible and a lot of fun. It’s come together nicely.”

The field was sectioned off into four parts and the egg hunt was split into four age groups, each group having the egg hunt at a different time and section of the field. In addition, there was also free popcorn, sack races, face painting, balloons, relay races and obstacles, ball bounces, and an Easter Bunny to take pictures with.

PHOTO BY JAY KELLER

PHOTO BY JAY KELLER

“One of my strategies was to run to the far end where no one was and grab the eggs. I got around 15 or 20 eggs,” said 8-year-old Tori Boggan. Deandre Boggan, Tori’s mother, said next year they will definitely come earlier to enjoy the other activities before the egg hunt.

“My favorite part is actually seeing the kids faces when they collect the eggs and seeing what’s inside of them,” said Lew McAllister from the Recreation Department. The kids race to collect the candy filled Easter eggs and fill their baskets.

The Recreation Department works with volunteers from the community to organize the event.

Stephen Bean & Leicia Monfort both work for the Takoma Park Recreation Dept. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA BORTNIKER

Stephen Bean & Leicia Monfort both work for the Takoma Park Recreation Dept. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA BORTNIKER

“I’m glad Takoma Park does this, it’s good for the kids,” said Russel Rounteree, whose 8-year-old daughter has been attending the event since the age of four.

The Easter egg hunt brought the community out on a beautiful day and provided free activities for kids and parents to enjoy together.

“It’s a good way to get the families out, the kids involved and to have community time,” said McAllister.

Lilyana Dokken, 2 1/2 years old. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA BORTNIKER

Lilyana Dokken, 2 1/2 years old. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA BORTNIKER

PHOTO BY JAY KELLER

PHOTO BY JAY KELLER

PHOTO BY JAY KELLER

PHOTO BY JAY KELLER

PHOTO BY JAY KELLER

PHOTO BY JAY KELLER

 

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Samantha Bortniker
Samantha Bortniker is a multimedia journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She loves creative writing and contributes to several campus publications and blogs.