|Thursday, Apr 16, 2009|
The National Park Service played a vital role in supporting the 2009 White House Easter Egg Roll held on April 13th. The event, the first Easter Egg Roll of the Obama Administration, continued a 131-year tradition dating back to President Rutherford B. Hayesâ presidency and was enjoyed by a record crowd.
Presided over by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and enjoying the participation of their two daughters, the 2009 Easter Egg Roll program included perennial favorites like the egg roll and egg hunt, but also featured a host of new activities that encouraged young people to lead healthy and active lives. As reported in the Washington Post âthis year's event featured musical performances by pop star Fergie, Ziggy Marley and the D.C. Youth Orchestra as well as appearances by beloved children's characters including Clifford the Big Red Dog, and, of course, the Easter Bunnyâ.
National Park Service and United States Park Police staff participated in planning meetings far in advance of the event. Staff from the Department of the Interior Solicitorâs Office helped to draft several required agreements amongst the various parties involved. NPS staff worked to finalize permits, records of determination and security closures and to monitor the work of event contractors and concessioners. NPS maintenance staff installed thousands of feet of security fencing, erected stages, and performed waste management and recycling assignments in support of the event.
NPS ranger and volunteer staff from host park, Presidentâs Park, offered special event themed interpretive programming throughout the day at the White House Visitor Center. Presidentâs Park staff were assisted by personnel from C & O Canal NHP, George Washington Birthplace NM, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and National Mall and Memorial Parks in orienting event participants, coordinating and carrying out event logistics, and providing EMT support.
National Park Service and United States Park Police staff were proud to have contributed to insuring visitor satisfaction, understanding, safety and security at this historic and rewarding event. In reflecting on the importance of the White House Easter Egg Roll. President Obama noted: "This is one of the greatest White House traditions because it reminds us that this is the people's house."
For a slide show of the event, click on the link below.