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It's a new tradition in Brooklyn, but the community Easter Egg Hunt is no less popular there

RITA A. LEONARD - Audrey, age 11, dressed as the Easter Bunny.Cementing a new tradition – for the fourth consecutive year, eager egg-hunters arrived on Saturday, April 15, for an Easter Egg Hunt at Brooklyn Park – sponsored by the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association, and Mosaic Church.

It was hard to tell who was the more excited: Basket-gripping kids ages 1 to 10, or their parents, wielding cameras. In spite of the exceptionally soggy spring, volunteers were able to set up three hunting areas in the grassy park, divided according to ages – and then spread nearly 1,300 plastic eggs containing candy and stickers, as well as a few gift certificates.

Coffee and cookies were brought along by volunteers, who also helped to set up the scene and scatter the eggs. The three "golden egg" prizes were again $5 gift certificates to Nectar Yogurt in Westmoreland. Kelly Goodwin entertained the crowd with accordion music; 11-year-old Audrey dressed up as the Easter Bunny; and Jenna McComas created at the face-painting station. Young egg hunters came equipped with baskets, bags, and even an empty bike helmet.

As visitors scrambled to the top of the hill in Brooklyn Park, fronting on Milwaukie Avenue just south of Powell Boulevard, event coordinator Matt McComas gathered the crowd and explained the rules.

At 11:00 a.m. sharp, egg hunters were given the command to start – descending like locusts on the colorful scene. Within a very few minutes, the field was cleared of plastic eggs, and folks assembled under a gazebo to unload their loot and pose for photos.

The contents of the plastic eggs were the kids' to keep, but the plastic spheres were returned to storage boxes for next year's use, while the children enjoyed the playground equipment. Adults chatted about neighborhood news, such as the winter storm damage and the upcoming Neighborhood Cleanup, scheduled for May 13. And everyone was already anticipating the fifth annual Brooklyn Easter Egg Hunt, just one year away.

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