Plans to better utilize Ridgebury Community Park will kick off Saturday with a planned Easter egg hunt that organizers hope will bring the community together.

The "Scouting For Eggs" community Easter egg hunt, held by Cub Scout Pack 2044 and Girl Scout Troop 40856, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, said cubmaster Jamie Swetland. "We hope to kick off the year with a fun event," he said.

In addition to an egg hunt with candy and prizes, the event will feature a DJ, dancing, a coloring contest and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Those who wish to have their children's pictures taken with the Easter Bunny are encouraged to bring their own cameras.

Swetland said he hopes the event will draw children and families to the park and get them involved in something together.

"We're just hoping the community can have fun and start using the park more than on Park Day," he said.

Swetland and his wife Rebecca, representing the Girl Scouts, volunteered to organize the event following a meeting held by township officials in February to plan how to better utilize the park.

About 20 residents attended the meeting to come up with further ideas to use the park, which hosts Community Park Day during the summer and plays home to Ridgebury Little League.

Other suggestions offered at the February meeting included a community rummage sale, a safety event for children, antique or classic car shows, a family movie night, band performances, a softball tournament and a bonfire.

In preparation for the event, the Ridgebury Park Committee joined the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts in a four-hour cleanup at the park last Saturday, Swetland said. The group raked and cleared out dead leaves, grass and sticks; trimmed trees; added fresh mulch; hung the swings; placed picnic tables and prepared the pavilion and gazebo for the event, he said.

The park committee provided pizza, drinks and homemade cookies to the scouts, who Swetland said toughed out cold weather to help the community.

In addition to the Ridgebury Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, the event is sponsored by Ridgebury Township and Endless Mountains Kwok Wu Chuen.

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