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A child and the Easter bunny during a previous Allen Park Easter Egg Hunt. No egg hunt will be held this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but city officials are planning a drive-through Easter candy giveaway.
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The details haven’t been finalized, but an Easter event is being planned at Allen Park Saturday.

During a special meeting of the Public Safety Committee Monday, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist asked the Jamestown City Council members who attended the online meeting what their thoughts were on possibly holding a drive-through Easter candy giveaway.

Sundquist said Dan Stone, city parks manager, proposed the idea of givingaway bags of Easter candy with volunteers who will be dressed in bunny suits. The mayor said no details have been finalized, but the event would possibly start around 10 a.m. Saturday. He said four out of five city unions have offered to pay for the candy that would be given out. The Frewsburg Soccer Club and the Jamestown Tarp Skunks have also volunteered for the event, Sundquist said.

“They are very eager to do something for out kids for the upcoming holiday,” Sundquist said about city employees and the community.

Sundquist said concerns like how much candy to purchase and traffic around the park still need to be addressed. However, he believes because of the spaciousness of the park and how vehicles could enter from one direction and exit another, there should be enough room to lineup those who want to participate.

Marie Carrubba, Ward 4 councilwoman, said Allen Park would be the best city park to lineup vehicles for the event.

“I think if you can do it, it would be huge for the community,” she said.

Tamu Graham-Reinhardt, At-Large councilwoman, said it would be great if this could be held so the community and children could get back to some sense of normalcy. She said the children have been the real “troopers” during the pandemic because of the changes they’ve had to adjust to on a regular basis.

“If you can work out the details, I think our community needs this,” she said.

Jeff Russell, At-Large councilman, said he loves the idea, but joked that he would not be “putting on a bunny suit.”

Brent Sheldon, Ward 1 councilman, said the Public Safety Committee can approve the special event permit via email once it has been submitted by Stone.

If the permit is approved, city officials will then announce the finalized details of the Easter event.

In other business, the committee approved two parklet permits for 4 Below Haggy’s Bar and Grill, located at 104. E. Second St., and Labyrinth Press Co. and Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge located along East Fourth Street.

Eric Hagglund, 4 Below Haggy’s Bar and Grill owner, said he is planning to reinstall his parklet April 11. Jeff James, Labyrinth Press Co. and Brazil Craft Beer and Wine Lounge owner, said he is still working on the construction of his parklet, but it will be installed once it’s completed.

During the regular voting session meeting of the whole council, the legislative body approved the parklet pilot program for a second year. A parklet is a sidewalk extension that provides more space and amenities for people using the street. Usually parklets are installed on parking lanes and use several parking spaces. Parklets typically extend out from the sidewalk at the level of the sidewalk to the width of the adjacent parking space.

The program was first approved last summer to assist restaurant owners with providing more seating after indoor capacity limits were set by the state following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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