by: RITA A. LEONARD - The race to collect Easter Eggs is on! Basket-laden children gathered excitedly on Saturday morning, April 19th, at Brooklyn Park just south of Powell Boulevard on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, to enjoy the neighborhood's first Easter Egg hunt. Rain showers had begun the previous hour, but they failed to dampen spirits.

Organized by Brooklyn neighbors in the McComas and Murfitt families, the egg hunt was sponsored by a grant from Mosaic Church, and promoted through the “Nextdoor Brooklyn” website. In the damp grass on the playground and hill, 600 colored eggs were scattered, each containing a wrapped candy or pink ticket.

Volunteers filled the eggs the night before, then set up the site on Saturday morning with a face-painting booth, photo-op area with bunny ears, and marked off three age-appropriate sectors for the great hunt.

At 11 am sharp, Matt McComas mounted a park bench and explained directions for the event. Shortly afterwards, a signal was given and they were off!

Following the initial stampede, egg-hunters and their rain-suited parents gathered at the Park's gazebo to check their loot. Pink tickets were traded in for small plastic prizes.

While many youngsters lined up to have their faces painted, adults took a multitude of photos. Comments heard included: “Oh yummy, I love Tootsie Rolls”, “This was a lot of fun”, and “My shoes are soaked!”

Despite the spring rain, the half-hour event was deemed a great success, and empty eggs were packed up again for future egg hunts.

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