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Klamath Falls Parks Plagued by Painted Rocks

A popular activity of placing painted rocks in local parks has caused the City to become concerned about the safety of park-goers.

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 1:41 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2018 1:53 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — An accumulation of kind gestures has produced a public safety hazard in Klamath parks, according to the City of Klamath Falls.

Painted rocks are showing up at parks all over the city due to a recent trend on social media aimed at encouraging children and adults to be active in seeking them out. Rock-gatherers then tend to 'post their discoveries on social media,' said a City statement.

However, at least some of these rocks are winding up on grassy areas that are regularly mowed by City contractors or employees. When these hidden treasures are missed before mowing, they can be kicked up and launched by the mowers.

"We have already experienced a potentially serious situation when recently mowing, placing park users, staff and nearby residents at risk of serious injury," said the statement.

Commonly known as "Kindness Rocks," there are Facebook groups all over the country dedicated to the painting and placement of the rocks—although most of these groups seem to encourage participants to leave them at a safe, common location.

The City is still encouraging park-goers to engage in fun activities for children and families—including the painted rock game. However, they are asking the public to place rocks by the base of trees, in rocky areas, or anywhere out in the open. They do not want any rocks placed in grassy areas or on lawns.

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