North Port hosts community rock painting gathering on June 3
Get creative with your family and explore local parks! The City of North Port is encouraging residents to take part in a national trend to paint, hide, and hunt rocks in local parks and public places.
Residents are invited to a Community Rock Painting Gathering from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Dallas White Park, 5900 Greenwood Ave. This free event is for all ages. Attendees will learn how to hide, hunt, and paint rocks. Rocks and paint will be supplied. At the event, details will be released about a fun social media contest that involves rock painting, hiding, and hunting in North Port parks.
“This is an interactive family activity that promotes exploration of the City’s park system and encourages creativity and socialization,” said Sandy Pfundheller, General Services Interim Director. “Overall, there is a national trend in which people of all ages are painting inspiring, colorful rocks to share a story or a memory.”
The concept is simple. Paint a rock and hide it like an Easter egg inside a local park or public place. Then, post on social media a clue as to where your rock is hidden. Hunters use the clues and search for rocks. Once found, the rock is either replaced or hidden somewhere else. People are encouraged to purchase rocks to paint, and not take from existing landscaping beds or other public places.
“We hope people will get involved and come see what this is all about,” said Recreation Supervisor Jonathan Wheatley. “This is something fun for the entire family. Children and adults alike are enjoying the process of painting the rocks, hiding the rocks, and then following clues to find other people’s rocks.”
For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Division, a division of the General Services Department, at (941) 429-7275.
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