Parks ready for Marshmallow Drops

Photo by James Mitchell. One of Downriver’s most popular events, the Trenton Marshmallow Drop will let loose with holiday treats beginning at 9 a.m. March 24 in Elizabeth Park. City parks and recreation officials have hosted the scramble for more than 30 years to the delight of children of all ages.

Photo by James Mitchell. One of Downriver’s most popular events, the Trenton Marshmallow Drop will let loose with holiday treats beginning at 9 a.m. March 24 in Elizabeth Park. City parks and recreation officials have hosted the scramble for more than 30 years to the delight of children of all ages.

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

TRENTON – As long as the weather cooperates Elizabeth Park will host one of the city’s most well-attended events with the annual Marshmallow Drop, which this year will twice let loose with hundreds of helicopter-delivered treats.

Co-sponsored by Wayne County Parks, Trenton Parks and Recreation and Westland Youth Assistance, the marshmallows will fall from the sky beginning at 9 a.m. March 25 at Elizabeth Park in Trenton and again at 11 a.m. at Nankin Mills Park in Westland.

Parks and Recreation Director Joann Gonyea said the event – a community tradition for more than 30 years – is not competitive, and that children will storm the field in three age groups to claim fallen marshmallows. No matter how many marshmallows are gathered, each child will be rewarded with one treat.

Last year’s event in Elizabeth Park was an abbreviated affair as morning fog and rain prevented the helicopter from taking flight and dropping the treats from above.

A second day of holiday activity will offer family fun during the city’s annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Trenton Civic Commission, beginning at 10 a.m. March 26 at Westfield Activities Center, 2700 Westfield Road.

Elizabeth Park is on West Jefferson south of West Road; Nankin Mills is on Hines Drive, just east of Ann Arbor Trail in Westland. For information about the drops call 734-261-1990 or go to www.parks.waynecounty.com.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)

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