Fairview banishes blues with rock gardens
In an effort to boost morale in these stressful times, the city of Fairview has established two Hope Rock Gardens where folks can contribute brightly painted rocks, take one home or just enjoy the art.
"We have done these Hope Rock Gardens to bring joy and hope in these trying times," Mary Whittkopf, a member of the city's community engagement committee, said in a video introducing the two gardens.
One garden is at Community Park, 21600 N.E. Park Lane. The garden circles the park's bear statue. The other rock garden is at the base of the historic jail in Handy Park, 120 First St.
Folks are encouraged to paint rocks and leave them for others, take one that catches their fancy or just come take a look and get some fresh air.
Fairview City Recorder Devree Leymaster said the rock gardens are a way for people "to try and share some goodwill and community participation, but they can do it safely at home."
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all local traditional summer festivals and concerts have been canceled this year and people are looking for ways to have fun while keeping safety protocols in place, such as social distancing, crowd limits and masking.
One rock in a garden said "just keep swimming;" another urges "choose kindness."
Mayor Brian Cooper said in the video that he's working on perfecting his ladybug rock painting and the ladybug rocks at the parks are likely his handiwork.
For folks that don't have supplies but want to join in the painting, the city has free paint kits available.
The founder of Fairview Rocks is hosting a rock painting party from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Fairview Community Park, 21600 N.E. Park Lane. This is a free event.
The organizer will bring rocks, paints, brushes and cleaning supplies, or you can bring your own for pandemic safety.
"All you need to bring is a blanket to sit on and your imagination," said event organizer Kelly Nagle Jones.
Please meet by the big bear. Families are welcome.
The group will practice social distancing and face masks are required.
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