No ban for Easter bunny

The Easter bunny is allowed in Lokier Gardens, along with the kids.

The Easter bunny is allowed in Lokier Gardens, along with the kids.

The annual Easter egg hunt in Estevan Village can continue on the green space, located at Estevan Avenue and Musgrave Street, despite concerns of children trampling the gardens and a suggestion the event be relocated.

Parks and Recreation director Ray Herman said parks staff suggested the family event, now in its 10th year, be moved to nearby Willows Park, because of damage being done to the flower beds. However, the event will be allowed to continue at its current location, if that’s what the organizers prefer, Herman said.

“Staff was just suggesting another option,” Herman said. “By no stretch of the imagination did it mean they can’t have it again at Lokier Gardens.”

Easter egg hunt organizer Rob Jennings, manager of Jennings Florist, received correspondence the last two years from parks and recreation that Willows Park was more suitable for the event. He was under the impression that suggestion was a directive for this year.

Jennings added that Willows Park is too far to hold the event as Lokier is closer to  the Estevan village businesses.

“Willows, when you look at a map, is close – but it’s not really,” Jennings said. “Businesses would have to set up blocks away.”

Herman said staff may look at options to protect the gardens from being damaged during the event, which will be held on Saturday, April 19.

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