Rockin Newaygo County event at Sandy Beach County Park
Sandy Beach County Park is hosting a rock painting day on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the park pavilion. The event is free and sponsored by Rockin NC (Newaygo County), Newaygo County Parks & Recreation, and Newaygo County Welcome Center.
“We had so much fun at the July event at White Cloud County Park we decided to do another one at Sandy Beach County Park,” said Parks Director Nicholas B. Smith. Typically visitors to the park must purchase a $6 day pass but for the Rockin Newaygo County event if visitors say they are for the rock painting, the fee will be waived. It will be at the pavilion on the south end of the park and utilize the boat ramp parking area.
Rockin NC is a grass roots effort started by Kimberly Howland who saw a similar effort in Florida.
“You paint rocks and hide them. When you find one, you post a photo on the Rockin NC website on Facebook and then can keep it or rehide it. If you keep it, it is encouraged that you hide a different one so there are always plenty to find,” Howland said.
To re-hide a rock make sure it is outside, visible and not hidden under something and must be in a place that is easy to get to, safe and not where it could be considered a nuisance. Don’t hide it in the grass that has to be mowed.
Howland said that many families might find it difficult to buy paint and brushes and still want to participate. Several rock painting events have been popping up.
“The Facebook page is up to 4,000 participants and families are getting out in the parks and on the trails and it doesn’t cost anything to look for rocks,” Howland said.
For more information, contact Newaygo County Parks at 231-689-7340 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NCParks/