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Easter Egg Hunt

Local children canenjoy the parks and recreation department’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Kennedy Park in Shelbyville. The Easter Bunny is scheduled to arrive at noon.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Local children are certain to be on the prowl at Kennedy Park Saturday during the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The hunt begins after the Easter Bunny arrives at noon, delivered by the Shelbyville Fire Department on a fire truck.

Admission is free and children ages 10 and under are invited to participate. Families are asked to bring their own basket for children to collect eggs.

During Wednesday’s parks and recreation board meeting, recreation director Trisha Tackett told board members that attendance depends every year on the weather. Some years have seen a whopping 1,400 people participate, while others have had 700.

“Just kind of depends on the weather,” she said.

Tackett said the department is planning for about 750 children, not including adults.

“It’s a fun event,” she said. “It’s one that brings out a lot of people we hope, and they have a good time. We want them to enjoy the park. They’re playing on the playground, they’re a little bit everywhere.”

MAC distress

Following last weekend’s parking issues at the Meridian Athletic Complex (MAC) near the Meridian Park Family Aquatic Center, in which drivers struggled to find available parking spaces for the USSSA travel softball tournament, the board discussed what could be done for future events this summer and beyond.

Director Karen Martin said the issue was families typically give up their parking space after a game is over, but out of fear of not being able to find a spot again, stayed. That created a backlog, forcing others to park in surrounding neighborhoods.

Wayne Campbell of Cabinet Barn 2 has agreed to help alleviate the problem by offering his back parking lot of the factory, maintenance supervisor Terry Pierce told the board.

“I think we need to show our appreciation to Wayne Campbell because that’s a huge help to the community and to the parks department and to all these kids,” Martin said.

The two sides planned to meet Friday to discuss details on an agreement that would allow cars to be parked in the lot.

Signs will be posted directing drivers where to go. There also will be barricades in Campbell’s parking lot to prevent drivers from parking in the area that he does not want cars in.

“This way, it helps the neighbors, it helps congestion, it helps the safety of the kids,” Martin said on coming to an arrangement.

She said she spoke with residents who were affected last weekend and said she assured them at the time that the department would be putting together a plan.

Board vice president Gary Nolley suggested sending letters to residents in the area to give a heads up on when tournaments are and to inform them what the parks department is doing to fix the problem.

Martin agreed with the idea and said they would plan to send them out.

“It’s real personal if you live around there,” Nolley said.

“Absolutely, and that’s why I took the time to stop and talk with several of those neighbors,” Martin said in response.

The parks department is also planning on adding a 20-foot net along the foul line to prevent balls from going into residents’ backyards.

Pierce said in one instance, a child climbed over someone’s fence to retrieve a ball. In another, a child rang the door bell to ask for it.