Egg hunt planned for those with special needs

While Easter egg hunts are a staple of fond childhood memories for many, there are some children who often miss out, noted Hendersonville Parks Department coordinator Cindy Hamblen.

Hamblen, who helped initiate many of the department’s programs for children with special needs over the years, doesn’t want anyone to miss out this year.

That’s why the department is hosting an Easter egg hunt for children and adults with disabilities only on Tuesday, March 30 at Mary’s Magical Place playground. The all-inclusive playground will close at 2 p.m. that day for the special event.

“We were trying to think of something we could do instead of our annual Spring Fling at City Hall,” said Hamblen. “We felt like we couldn’t do something inside with all the Covid regulations, so we chose to have an egg hunt for our special needs kids and adults because it’s something they often don’t get to participate in.”

Kids and adults will “hunt” hundreds of eggs filled with candy and toys.

In order to control the number of participants and spectators, there will be three sessions: 3:30-4:15 p.m.; 4:30-5:15 p.m. and 5:30-6:15 p.m. The first session will be specifically for those with mobility issues (walkers, wheelchairs, etc.), but all three sessions are for those with disabilities only, Hamblen noted. Each session is limited to 25 participants.

Hamblen said the spots are filling up fast as word has gotten out among parents and caregivers.

“There’s really a lot of interest,” she said.

Participants must be pre-registered by either going online at www.hendersonvilleparks.org or in person at Hendersonville City Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration ends March 26 if spots don’t fill up before then.

“We hope to make this an annual tradition that is servicing a very important part of our community,” said Hendersonville Parks Director Andy Gilley.

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