Menifee Spring Fest held during the opening of the city’s newest park

Parents at the Menifee family friendly Spring Fest at Remington Park introduce their little daughter to members of the Menifee Cal Fire firefighters and paramedics. Valley News/Tony Ault photo

Hundreds of children, their families and special guests enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt, bounce houses in the children’s zone, food vendors, a Western roping show, gold panning and other events at the grand opening of Menifee’s Remington Park, April 1.

The newest Menifee park, at 27101 Junipero Road, was the location of this year’s Menifee Spring Fest in conjunction with the park’s official ribbon cutting ceremonies. The Lennar Home residential streets and park parking lot were filled with visitors’ vehicles, police and fire equipment on display and vendor trailers. Hundreds of children from toddlers to middle school students had the opportunity to pick up gifts and candy-filled plastic eggs sponsored by the City of Menifee, local Realtors from the Menifee Real Estate Group, Lennar Homes, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and MeatHead Movers. The first 100 children that arrived at the Spring Fest were presented with an egg-filled Easter basket at the HelloMenifee.com/Menifee Real Estate Group booth hosted by Cynthia Nemelka. A few of the eggs held special prizes for the children.

Children enjoyed a visit from a cowgirl lasso export, and also panned for gold in a special sluice brought to enhance the Western themed park. Toddlers and older children enjoyed a handicapable zip line, swings and other playground equipment under a covered all-season playground.

Two of the new park’s pickleball courts were not available for the special Spring Fest activities. The rich grassy fields at the time were filled with the plastic eggs for the egg hunts, yet every part of the grass became empty of the eggs within about a minute of each egg hunt arranged by age groups. The excitement was echoed through the five acre park.

The Easter egg hunts began at 9 a.m. for the youngest participants, up to three years old, followed by other hunts for age groups up to 10 through 12 and finally an all-ages inclusive egg hunt jammed with visitors at 11:30 a.m. after the 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony.

Several food and drink booths fed and solved the thirsts of the large crowds. Various bounce houses entertained many children.

City officials were proud of the latest park in the growing city with the expectation of even more to come. Developers are called upon to build community parks for each new neighborhood they open in the city.

Tony Ault can be reached at tault@reedermedia.com.

Tony Ault