If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Easter with your canine friend, the Common Grounds Dog Park Committee will once again host the Doggy Easter Egg Hunt.

Dogs of all breeds and sizes are welcome to come and hunt for treats hidden inside Easter eggs throughout Shaq’s Riverside Dog Park while their owners watch them have fun. Last year’s event drew nearly two dozen dogs to the park to frolic and have fun.

The hunt is designed so all dogs will have a chance to find treats.

“We let a handful of dogs in at a time so they can find the eggs and have fun,” said Amber Schiltz, secretary. “Then, we restock it so everyone gets a chance to find an egg.”

The event is a fundraiser for the new dog park and a way to get the committee’s name widely spread in the community.

“We like to have these events to have fun and raise awareness to the new dog park,” she said.

While the dogs are running around finding treats, the committee will be on hand to answer questions about the new dog park.

Schiltz said she has had good responses from people in Scottsbluff and Gering about the new park and the goals the committee are trying to accomplish.

“Now that we have a new area, we have been writing to get new grants as well as working with the city of Gering,” she said.

Some of the grants are local and the committee thinks they have a good chance of receiving at least one.

“We’re in that period of waiting to hear whether we get them,” she said.

The first phase of the dog park will cost $50,000 to get everything up and running. The second phase will include installing more trees and a water feature.

“Our goal for this year is to get up and running,” Schiltz said.

The new dog park will be located at the southwest intersection of Five Rocks Road and U Street in Gering. It will be divided into three separate zones. The largest area will be for free play of dogs. Two smaller areas will have subsections reserved for small dogs and another for timid dogs.

The new dog park is something the Scottsbluff/Gering community is anxiously awaiting, Schiltz said. She said she has yet to hear someone complaining about the extra distance to the new dog park from the old one.

“We’re all one big community and people are willing to travel the couple of miles,” she said.

Concessions and raffle tickets will be available to purchase during the event. Raffle tickets are $1 each.

The free event is open to anyone in the community.

The event is Saturday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Shaq’s Riverside Dog Park, south of Riverside Campgrounds in Scottsbluff.

For more information, visit the Common Grounds Dog Park Committee at https://www.facebook.com/riversidedogparkscottsbluff/.

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