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SPRING FLINGS: Fun, practical activities abound for whole family this weekend in Douglas County
by Liz Marino
March 20, 2013 02:02 PM | 2266 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Chad Griffin, community programs coordinator for Douglas County Parks and Recreation, holds Easter baskets that will be given to children who find prize eggs during the upcoming nighttime Easter Egg Hunt.
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Today marks the first day of spring, when thoughts turn to outdoor activities, kite flying, longer days and even spring cleaning.

With the approaching Easter weekend, there are many family and children’s activities to choose from right here in Douglas County.

There is also an opportunity to do some spring cleaning, with a countywide recycling day planned for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the old Jordan Tractor lot at 6034 Douglas Blvd. as a service project of the 2013 Leadership Douglas class.

The class is partnering with Northwest Georgia Recycling to collect both large and small metal items for recycling. The group’s efforts will benefit The CarePlace, a new medical clinic opening soon in Douglas County.

“This is just one of three service projects we’re doing this year,” said Bennett Oliver, a member of the Leadership Douglas class and director of Douglasville Parks and Recreation Department.

The proceeds from the recycling event will go toward the landscaping project outside The CarePlace, a planned free clinic.

Leadership Douglas class volunteers will empty loads from vehicles. Items that will be accepted include aluminum cans, auto parts, bed rails, bicycles, brass and a host of other metal items.

For more information, call Northwest Georgia Recycling at (678) 715-1114.

Also this weekend, a number of organizations are sponsoring Easter egg hunts and related children’s events in anticipation of Easter Sunday March 31.

The county parks and recreation department is offering two variations on the traditional Easter egg hunt.

A nighttime Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt is set for Friday from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Deer Lick Park, 2105 Mack Road in Douglasville. The cost is $5 per person and pre-registration required. The hunt will be divided into age groups ranging from ages 7 to 16. Hunters must furnish their own flashlights.

For more information, call Chad Griffin at Douglas County Parks and Recreation, (770) 920-7129 or email, or visit

The annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Boundary Waters Aquatic Center Saturday from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The center is located at 5000 Ga. Hwy. 92/166 in Douglasville. The cost is $3 per child, and the event is open to children ages 7 to 12, who will be divided by age groups.

Pre-registration is required by Thursday. There will be two egg hunts at 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. and special egg baskets will be provided. Children should bring their goggles and swim fins.

For more information, call Jim Gay at Douglas County Parks and Recreation at (770) 489-2175 or

Some other events this weekend will include:

- Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Hunter Park Community Center on Gurley Road in Douglasville.

The breakfast will be followed by an Easter egg hunt consisting of three age groups from 12 and under, with prizes awarded for finding the “Golden Egg.” Cost is $5 per person

Information: (770) 920-3007.

- Springfest Family Fun Festival is set for Saturday at Deer Lick Park, 2105 Mack Road in Douglasville, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public and will include crafters, artisans, kids’ activities, carnival-style games, food vendors and K-9 Unit demonstrations and law enforcement vehicles.

It is sponsored by the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy Alumni.

Information: e-mail

- A Special Olympics Benefit Car and Bike Show is set for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at A Gift of Love at 3870 Longview Drive, next door to Dazzles Skating Rink.

The event is free and open to the public. There is a $10 car registration.

Expect prizes, gift basket raffles, a 50/50 raffle and refreshments to be available. All proceeds go to Douglas County Special Olympic athletes.

Information: Marilyn Harvey, (770) 949-4298.

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