A new South Delta Facebook group is all about spreading some joy and positivity in the community.
South Delta Rocks is a painted rock treasure hunting group that Ladner mom Megan Newton started last summer.
“We’re just looking to make people smile when they see our rocks,” she says.
Members paint rocks and include the group's name or hashtag on the back, post a photo of their creation on the Facebook page and then hide it in a public place. The post can include the area the rock has been placed in or clues for people to follow.
“I give the area because I want people to find my rocks, but you can get creative and leave clues so people can have a treasure hunt if you want it to be challenging for them,” says Newton.
Once the rock is found, members can take a photo and post it on the group's page and then re-hide the rock or keep it.
"If you want to keep it, that's great. If you want to re-hide it, that’s great too.”
Newton got the idea to start the group after reading an online article about similar groups popping up in Washington state.
“[I] just started painting rocks, got my friends to join and it just kind of grew from there.”
The local group now has over 100 members.
It’s a fun activity that the whole family can take part in. Newton’s kids -- Cole, 11, Bennett, 9, and Ayla, 5 -- all take part.
So far Lions Park and Maple Crescent Park have been a couple of the popular hiding places for the painted rocks.
A lot of trial and error goes into painting the rocks, Newton explains.
“It’s just to have fun really, so you don’t have to be a super good artist,” she says with a laugh.
Search for South Delta Rocks to find the group on Facebook.