Mon April 13, 2020
BATAVIA, IL – Due to extenuating circumstances with COVID-19, the Batavia Park District, like many others, canceled the annual Easter Egg Hunt. With thousands of eggs already filled with candy, staff wanted to put the eggs to good use and started thinking creatively about how to bring the fun to residents while being safe.
The Batavia Park District invented ‘Egg Dash’ – a service to residents to bring the Easter Egg Hunt to their own front yard while practicing social distancing. Chuck the Duck, the mascot of Hall Quarry Beach, spread Easter Eggs in residents’ front yards and delivered a goodie bag. For three days, Chuck the Duck was welcomed by waving children and hand drawn pictures thanking Chuck for bringing the Easter spirit to their house!
“The Park District wanted to keep the annual Easter Egg event tradition alive and put a smile on kids’ faces,” says Director of Community Recreation, Brittany Meyer. “My favorite part of my job is providing lifelong memories and experiences for families, and the Egg Dash is one event that I’ll never forget!”
All proceeds from the Egg Dash will be donated to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.
The Batavia Park District continues to think of innovative ways to connect with residents virtually. This week, the Batavia Virtual Recreation Center launched at www.bataviaparks.org/batavia-virtual-recreation-center. Each week, several virtual classes are offered for free and taught by our instructors that participants have come to know. The Virtual Recreation Center also includes links to at-home activities, ideas, and community resources.