White Cloud County Park is hosting a rock painting day on Saturday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park pavilion. The event is free and sponsored by Rockin NC (Newaygo County), Newaygo County Parks & Recreation, City of White Cloud and Newaygo County Welcome Center.
Painted rocks are popping up all over Newaygo County bringing smiles to the finders and displaying lots of creativity from both adults and children as part of a local effort to encourage kids to be more active.
Rockin NC is the result of a family vacation to Florida where Kimberly Howland’s children had a lot of fun finding the painted rocks. “I am always looking for cheap, fun things to do,” Howland said. “We started with a goal of 100 rocks and wanted to put at least two in every city and township in Newaygo County. In just a few weeks it has grown to more than 2,000 participants on the Facebook page.”
Howland said that many families might find it difficult to buy paint and brushes and still want to participate. If you find a rock, you may keep it or rehide it but take a picture and post it to RockinNewaygoCounty so they painter knows it has been found. If you keep it, it is encouraged that you hide a different one so there are always plenty to find.
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. Rocks are provided by Mellema Nursery.
That’s when Newaygo County Parks and the city of White Cloud saw the popularity and thought of a great way to encourage people to get out and use the parks.
“This is a great opportunity for families to do things together and to get kids off the couch or way from their electronics,” Howland said.
“Wear clothes that won’t be ruined with a little paint,” said Parks Director Nicholas D. Smith. “We will have rocks and paint. Rocks can be hidden immediately in the park or other places in Newaygo County.”
For more information, contact Newaygo County Parks at 231-689-7340 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NCParks/