BLOG: Friends of Edgewater Park Hold Easter Egg Hunt to Raise Money for New Playground Equipment
The following article was submitted by Don Quinn:
Friends of Edgewater Parks, Bethany and Don Quinn hosted a family Easter egg hunt in support of the park and an ongoing community effort to raise money in order to purchase play equipment for the much loved, and much used, playground.
The Quinn family became interested in the park’s lack of equipment when attending practices and games, hosted by the South River Youth Association (SYRA) for their son Nathan. Don noticed that the park did not have play equipment, which left children who were not playing baseball with nowhere to occupy their time and often running across the fields or into the small parking area. This is a dangerous situation, one easily rectified with a play set. Several thousand children participate in sports activities at Edgewater Park each year.
The event itself was extremely successful. Parents of children from SRYA, friends of the park, and families from the surrounding neighborhoods all participated in searching for over 2,500 eggs. In all, around 100 children and parents attended the event. The events major sponsor was realtor Michelle Dole, with Keller Williams. Other sponsors who generously donated candy, eggs, and money for the event were Safeway, Giant, Food Lion, and Walgreens. Kona Ice of Annapolis donated a portion of their proceeds. The event was made more successful by the generous donations and contributions of a number of parents.
Several parents showed up early to help hide the eggs, and despite teasing of cheating a number of the older kids helped out too. The children were delighted at the mounds of candy they were able to harvest from the hunt and the field was filled with the sound of determined little feet running in a million directions. Taylor, one of the event organizers, hosted an egg ‘n’ spoon race for the chance to win a free shaved ice.
The Quinn’s are considering doing the event again next year due to the warm reception it received.
Don Quinn, who is running for State Senate in District 30, and his wife Bethany plan on hosting other events at Edgewater Park in order to bring awareness to and donations for the much needed public play equipment. One of the events planned is “Movie Night in the Park”. Dates will be announced soon.
“We have an outstanding group of parents, kids, and volunteers in South County”, said Don, “My wife and I are privileged to be part of this community”.
For more information and to keep abreast of the events, please visit http://edgewaterparks.wordpress.com./