CRANFORD - One of the most beloved events in Cranford, the Annual Duck Race, cannot be held this year due to COVID-19. The race was scheduled to be held on October 11.
Hanson Park Conservancy, founded in 2004, has been holding the Duck Race since 2010. The event typically draws a crowd of over 400 people to cheer on the 1,500 numbered rubber ducks as they race over the water falls at Sperry Park. Prizes, generously donated by merchants, are given out to the first 10 ducks to cross the finish line. All rubber ducks are collected at the end of the race and reused the following year.
Over the years, the Hanson Park Conservancy has received tremendous support from businesses in town who have sponsored the Duck Race. The proceeds raised from the Duck Race are used for park maintenance and educational programs. Since park maintenance is ongoing, support is still needed to maintain the standards in the park that residents, as well as visitors, have noticed, complimented, and enjoyed.
To help make up for the funds lost with the cancellation of the race, any donation you can offer is welcomed. You may also donate on their official website at www.hansonparkconservancy.com or mail a check to P.O. Box 542 Cranford, NJ 07016. The check should be made out to 'Hanson Park Conservancy.' For every donation over $50.00, you will receive an 8x8 print of “The Big Race” painted by Cranford’s own Susan Knasko. Framed prints will be available for donations over $100.00.