Fort Collins parks and recreation departments want your help creating social distancing egg hunt



John Runkles spent three weeks recovering from a stroke. Friends welcomed him home with a line of cars parading in front of his house. Fort Collins Coloradoan

Update: The city has decided not to offer social distancing bunny visits on Friday “to protect our staff and community,” a spokesperson told the Coloradoan.

There will be no colorful, candy-filled plastic eggs dotting City Park and the lawns of area churches this weekend as the city and state continue to hunker down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

But the city of Fort Collins Parks and Recreation Departments are adapting the beloved spring tradition (and some brightness) to these trying times, hoping to dot the city with homemade eggs that can be seen on social media or from afar on your neighborhood walk.

That’s right, everyone. It’s time for a virtual, social distancing “Spring Egg Hunt” — and the city needs your help.

Here’s how it works: 

  • Create a large, colorful egg using materials you already have at home.
  • Put your egg on display “in any creative way that suits you” that can be seen from a safe distance. 
  • Post a picture of your egg on social media, tag @FCRecreator and use the hashtag #NoCoArtsStrong.
  • Look for the eggs on social media using the #NoCoArtsStrong hashtag, or keep an eye out for the ones that are in your neighborhood when you’re on a social distancing walk.

Happy crafting, Fort Collins. 

And if you’re in need of a reminder of the good in our community, check out the below photos of “Chalk The Walk” or watch the video at the top of this story of friends welcoming a stroke survivor home with a special parade. 

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Another virtual egg hunt to try

Landmark Homes is hosting a virtual Easter egg hunt at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 12, online at Eggs will be hidden throughout a virtual tour of Landmark’s 12 model homes. Each egg will have a letter inside, and they’ll collectively spell the answer to an Easter riddle. You can use a phone, tablet or computer to participate.

Learn more and practice your egg hunting skills ahead of time at

This story has been updated to reflect the event’s name, “Spring Egg Hunt,” and the host. It is being hosted by the city of Fort Collins Parks and Recreation Departments, not the Recreator. 

Sarah Kyle is a content coach at the Coloradoan. Contact her at Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.

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