Easter egg hunt at park up in the air for now

Monday, February 8, 2021
Youngsters race to grab eggs at a recent Easter egg hunt at Robe-Ann Park in Greencastle.
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After a year without a swim season or a SPARK program or Fourth of July fireworks, Greencastle Park Director Rod Weinschenk wants to be as optimistic as possible about 2021.

“We’re going to assume we’re having an Easter egg hunt. We’re going to assume we’re opening the pool. We’re going to assume we’re having the Fourth of July,” Weinschenk said, accenting the word “assume” as he addressed the Park Board at its February meeting.

That assumption in place, the Easter egg hunt is first on that hopeful park list. It is potentially scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27.

“We’re trying to figure out how we can still offer the egg hunt and keep everybody safe,” Weinschenk said, alluding to all the logistics that come along with an event that normally draws 800-1,000 children and their families to Robe-Ann Park.

Masks or no masks? How to do social distancing, if at all?

“I’m not worried about the kids,” the park director said, “it’s the parents that come with them.”

Park Board member Tim Trigg said perhaps the park could limit each egg hunter to two spectators, such as the schools have been doing for basketball games.

Or another suggestion is to possibly limit the participants to ages 3-8 instead of 1-10 so they can be more spread out.

Running the age group hunts one at a time was proposed. But that would mean parents with children in more than one group would be there a long time, watching and waiting, stressing social distancing guidelines.

Whatever is done, Park Board President Cathy Merrell said, “We’re going to need to require masks as soon as they get out of the car.”

Weinschenk said one safety measure the Park Department can take to reduce contact with the plastic eggs is by ordering them already stuffed with candy or trinkets.

No decision was reached on the egg hunt or any of the ideas floated about. More discussion is expected at the Park Board’s next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 at City Hall

However it turns out, the park director said he didn’t want to duplicate last year’s Halloween efforts, when a drive-through event at Big Walnut Sports Park had vehicles backed up all the way out onto State Road 240.

“I’ll cancel it,” Weinschenk said of the annual egg hunt, “before we do another drive-through.”

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  • This quite simply is getting ridiculous. It is a outside event which has essentially a zero percent chance of spreading. Christmas with Santa was held INDOORS this winter and we’re not sure about and outside egg hunt? This is also a good time to ask what exactly Rod has been doing all year to earn his salary. Let me guess at the April meeting we’re not gonna be sure if we can safely open the pool again. Enough is enough. OPEN UP NOW! If you’re too scared don’t participate. If Rod is too scared to run a parks dept then he either needs to resign or be fired

    -- Posted by hometownboy on Tue, Feb 9, 2021, at 6:52 PM
  • Well said ,hometownboy !

    -- Posted by Rainbow6 on Wed, Feb 10, 2021, at 7:36 AM
  • This would be an outdoor event- is there a chance to spread Covid, yes. However let us compare some events here in Indiana. The Big Ten tournament is coming to Indy, the NCAA tournament is coming to Indy, The Zoo held not only the Halloween event but Christmas at the Zoo as well. Amusement Parks opened last summer. Basketball, Football, Wrestling, Swimming, and Soccer all took place.( they say these took place with social distancing but news clips indicate different) This list could go on and on but my point is why cancel only select events but open the door to others? --

    -- Posted by goingon80 on Wed, Feb 10, 2021, at 9:06 AM
  • He should have been gone long ago. Seems like his assistant is doing all of the work. For some reason the city ..park board and others must be afraid to do something about it.maybe they dont want a lawsuit if they let him go.

    -- Posted by Keepyaguessin on Wed, Feb 10, 2021, at 10:53 AM
  • I think the Mayor appoints each department head .So its up to the mayor who he appoints. That is if my memory is correct .

    -- Posted by Rainbow6 on Wed, Feb 10, 2021, at 12:16 PM
  • Why isn't the sports park being considered for this event? So much more room for social distancing and lots of more parking?

    -- Posted by kerrieanne10 on Fri, Feb 12, 2021, at 5:48 PM
  • Because it makes sense?

    -- Posted by beg on Fri, Feb 12, 2021, at 11:28 PM
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