Hunt is on for painted rocks in South Delta

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.

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“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.


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