Since 2016, the City of Martensville Recreation Department has been providing a fun activity for local families to participate in over the Easter break. For a week, they provide multiple locations throughout the community so families can have fun geocaching together.
“This event has gained in popularity over the last couple of years, and we didn’t realize just how popular it was until we put a message out this week postponing it due to vandalism and theft. We had an overwhelming response to people commenting and being upset that it happened. It was obvious that this is an event that people appreciate and like doing, so we reset it and got it up and running as quickly as we could,” Angie Reddekopp, City of Martensville Program Coordinator, said.
The City offers two of these geocaching activities throughout the year, one in Spring and another in the Fall. The Easter week event is made to be more child friendly with items being easier to find, whereas the one in the fall is designed to be more difficult.
Over the past weekend, 35 groups completed the geocaching task, which in total consisted of approximately 200 individuals participating in groups of one or more family. Once complete, family’s text the Rec Department and get entered in to win a prize of either a family pass to the Martensville Athletic Pavilion or the Martensville Aquatic Centre. If groups complete the first five coordinates, they get one entry, and if they complete the two bonus coordinates, they receive an extra entry.
“This is a great family fun event and there is not a lot of cost for us to organize it. It is a come and go activity that you can do at your own pace. The whole purpose is to get people out and about during the break and have some fun together as a family,” Reddekopp added. The beautiful weather we have been experiencing has seen an influx of participants, as previous years when the activity was hosted, we saw snowstorms.
Families can participate in the Easter geocaching event until April 26th, and the draw for prizes will be done on April 29th. For more information, visit the ‘City of Martensville’ Facebook page, or contact the MAP at (306) 683-5576.