‘Egg Hunt’ delights Maywood Park kids

Here’s one of the most fun Easter events in the outer East Portland area; but it’s not even in the City of Portland!  Take a look …

City of Maywood Park residents stroll toward Maywood Commons for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

For more years than any resident of the City of Maywood Park can count, the annual Easter Egg Hunt has been a tradition to which families, especially kids, look forward. This year’s, held on the morning of April 20, was no different.

It surprises some to discover that the City of Maywood Park is an officially incorporated and chartered town, located north of I-84, east of I-205 and west of the Parkrose neighborhood, in an area that refused to be annexed into the City of Portland. It is surrounded by Portland.

Gathered for a portrait with the Easter Bunny in Maywood Commons are members of the Nguyen family.

This year, the organizers set up tables in front of Maywood Commons, a pocket park, to host the event; the Easter Bunny held court inside the park, happily posing for photos with families and individuals.

“We’re neighbors who are co-hosting our Easter Egg Hunt; we live just down the street from one another, here in our beautiful City of Maywood Park – not a neighborhood of Portland,” intoned event co-organizer Sarah Castor as she cut muffins in quarters to be offered to arriving participants.

Ready for the big event of the year are Maywood Park Easter Egg Hunt co-organizers Bonnie Davey and Sarah Castor.

About 30 minutes before the official start time of 11:00 a.m., few families were yet out and about on the streets of their fair city. “Just watch; we expect a lot of kids to show up today – we hold this for kids up through 12 years of age,” Castor told East Portland News.

“We have between 4,000 and 5,000 plastic Easter eggs filled with candy; but, some of them have ‘golden tickets’ that cam be claimed for special prizes,” Castor explained. “And, we have fun toy bags to give to youngsters who aren’t allowed to have candy.”

This intersection is filled with families, eager for the event to begin.

“This is a great opportunity to come out and meet your neighbors, or become reacquainted after a long, dreary winter, and to celebrate spring,” Castor added.

Of the town’s just-over-800 residents, about a dozen volunteers worked to put present the Egg Hunt; and eight people heeded the call to attend the annual “Easter Egg Stuffing Party” to fill the eggs with “bags and bags and bags” of candy, as Castor put it.

In the toddlers’ area, parents help kids pick up Easter eggs.

Mom Sara Radd watches as her kids, Charlotte and Sawyer, show off their newly-picked Easter Eggs.

After the crowd swelled to a “critical mass”, as the organizers put it, Castor started this year’s hunt.  It didn’t take long for the kids, divided into three areas by age, to scoop up all the plastic eggs.

Interesting in learning more about the City of Maywood Park? See their official website: CLICK HERE.

After collecting a basket of Easter eggs, Eleanor Peterson shucks her eggs for candy, and chucks the empty shells in a box to be used again, next year.

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