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Clarksville Department of Parks and Recreation holds Wettest Egg Hunts

 

Indoor Aquatic Center - New ProvidenceClarksville, TN – The Indoor Aquatic Center played host to what is sure to become one of the most popular Easter events in Clarksville, The Wettest Egg Hunts. On Saturday, March 31st, thousands of brightly colored eggs were put into the swimming and wading pools, to await the hundreds of children who would plunge in to seek out a variety of prizes. Many of the eggs floated, but some were weighted causing them to sink to the bottom of the pool.

The event was made possible by the generous support of Sango Pool and Spa, and the Clarksville branch of the YMCA. “We couldn’t have done this event without them,” said Matthew Dixon the Special Events Coordinator for the City of Clarksville Department of Parks and Recreation. Other area businesses provided prizes which were printed on laminated slips of paper that were inside some of the eggs.

Kids gather eggs from the pool at the Indoor Aquatic Center during the City of Clarksville's Wettest Easter Egg Hunts

Kids gather eggs from the pool at the Indoor Aquatic Center during the City of Clarksville's Wettest Easter Egg Hunts

Sango Pool and Spa owners Paul and Sandra Lobianco were on hand with their own son taking part in the fun. Their company has been serving Clarksville and the surrounding communities for the past 10 years providing everything homeowners need to install and maintain their own swimming pools. “Swimming events are the perfect fit for our business to sponsor,” said Sandra who spent her childhood swimming right there in the New Providence Pool, and had many fond memories of her time spent there. “We are happy for the opportunity to give back to the community,” she continued.

Kids waiting to enter the pool for the 9-12 year old heat

Kids waiting to enter the pool for the 9-12 year old heat

During the main session, two heats were held the first featuring children age 1-2 in the baby pool, and age 5-8 in the main pool. In between each heat the pools were fully restocked with eggs and prizes. The second heat featured children age 3-4 in the Baby pool, and age 9-12 in the main pool.

A young man gets a special moment with the Easter Bunny

A young man gets a special moment with the Easter Bunny

Later that same evening, an adaptive session was held for individuals age 1-18 with special needs. The Lobianco’s feel a special affinity for special needs children, and were “happy that the City of Clarksville is working to offer more events that cater to this under-served segment of our community”.

Excited children lined the edges of the pool with parents standing close by as they waited for their turn to leap into the water to gather as many eggs as they could. To ensure the safety of the participants a bevy of lifeguards were on hand, both in the water and lining the sides of the pools. For the children who were not comfortable with their swimming ability life vests of all sizes were available to them.

When the whistle blew the children wasted no time getting in the water. Some of the parents helped their children by holding the plastic bags as the children leaped for more eggs, other parents reached down and grabbed as many eggs as they could reach from the side of the pool stuffing them into their child’s bags.

When the eggs were all gathered up children and parents picked a spot to open each one to see if they won one of the prizes. Once they finished opening all their eggs, they turned the empty eggs back in. Each child then received a special gift bag which ensured that no child left empty handed. Then they had the opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny who must have been sweltering under all that fur.

Refreshments were provided.

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