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Committee Paves The Way For Community Events

Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow helps kick off the 2016 St. Patrick's Parade.

Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow helps kick off the 2016 St. Patrick's Parade.

OSWEGO, NY – At Tuesday’s meeting of the Physical Services Committee, Julie Burns, president of the Kiwanis Club, announced plans for the club to take over the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

She requested use of Breitbeck Park, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., on April 15 for the event.

Children search in the leaves for Easter eggs in West Park at last year's event.
Children search in the leaves for Easter eggs in West Park at last year’s event.

“Last year there was trouble with the hunt. So, this year, we’d like to take it over,” she told the committee. “Our mission is to improve the lives of children.”

They have hosted events for hundreds of children, and their parents, and never had any trouble, she said.

“The biggest problems at children’s events, as all parents know, is parents,” she said.

For the hunt, children will be on the inside of the hunt area and parents will be outside, she explained.

“The idea is to use Breitbeck Park and fence off the egg hunt part and to keep the parents on the outside of that,” she said. “The other idea is to provide children of different ages different times to hunt. Everybody will leave with a bag. Everybody will have to register.”

There will be plenty of volunteers on hand to do crafts and other activities to keep the children busy and entertained, she added.

Justin Rudgick, Community Development director and chair of Special Events Committee, received a request for the Tri-Oswego Sporting Event to be held on June 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event organizer is requesting the use of public space, road closures and noise ordinance waiver. They are requesting use of the Breitbeck Park area and the McCrobie Building. They are also asking for use of the Flexo site for additional parking.

Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow helps kick off the 2016 St. Patrick's Parade.
Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow helps kick off the 2016 St. Patrick’s Parade.

Since the Special Events Committee is still working on creating an updated policy for events, Rudgick recommended sending the request to the council under the current requirements.

Rudgick said he also received a request for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to be held on March 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The event organizer is requesting the use of public space and road closures for the event.

They are requesting road closures of:

  • Lake Street from West Third to West First
  • Lake Street onto West First Street to West Bridge Street
  • West and East Bridge Street at the bridge
  • East First Street from East Bridge Street to East Cayuga StreetThe organizers will pay the $150 road closure fee. The DPW has agreed to trash cans and clean up after the event.

    Since there is no clear-cut new policy, Rudgick reiterated this request should also be considered as it was last year.

    All three requests were sent to the full council for consideration.

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  1. SOOO happy to hear we are going to have both of these events again! There aren’t ALL that many activities for children that are free, and we’ve missed the Easter egg hunts of days gone by, so it’s great that someone has taken up that gauntlet! As for St. Patrick’s Day…how could Oswego NOT celebrate its rich Gaelic heritage! It may not be Syracuse’s extravaganza, but it’s sweet and nice and will almost certainly grow with time! Those of us raised in ‘Irish Neighborhoods’ in other cities thank you for the effort! :0)

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