Kids love hunt for the hid­den park trea­sure

Ad­ven­ture in search for stones

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane - Edel Ke­nealy

More than 600 hand­painted stones have been hid­den across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang in a summer ini­tia­tive that has de­lighted young­sters.

The stones, painted by Project 31 staff, have been hid­den in parks and green spa­ces in a bid to en­cour­age chil­dren to get out­doors in the summer hol­i­days.

Placed in Cam­bus­lang and Over­toun parks, Stonelaw Woods, Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park and in other ran­dom lo­ca­tions, the hid­den stones have un­leashed the in­ner ex­plorer in dozens of lo­cal chil­dren.

Lorna Bam­ford, man­ager at Project 31, the play scheme be­hind the ini­tia­tive, said: “We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted at the re­sponse we’ve had to our sum­mers tone project.

“It was an idea we just hoped would work and, from the ex­cite­ment it’s cre­ated and the miles lots of our fam­i­lies have walked on stone searches, we’d say it def­i­nitely has.

“We’ve been very lucky that staff have been happy to give up their own time to paint and hide hun­dreds of stones and are en­joy­ing the project just as much as the chil­dren.

“The stones are a lit­tle in­cen­tive to get peo­ple out ex­plor­ing the lo­cal area and we’ve re­ally en­joyed hear­ing about their ad­ven­tures and see­ing the plea­sure fam­i­lies are get­ting from their find­ings and from spend­ing time to­gether out­doors over the hol­i­days.”

Kirsty Wil­son, who has been hunt­ing with her two sons, said: “The painted stones project has been one of the high­lights of our summer.

“My boys and their friends have had a ball seek­ing out the stones and now we have them proudly on dis­play in our home. The boys love telling any vis­i­tors about their trea­sure finds.”

Lisa Avery, who has been stone hunt­ing through­out the hol­i­days with her chil­dren Max and Mar­i­anna, said: “Our kids have been look­ing for the painted stones daily. It has en­cour­aged them to get out walk­ing in the park more and they love the ad­ven­ture that comes with the hunt. Their joy when they find one is won­der­ful to see.”

Project 31 plans to con­tinue the project over the re­main­der of the hol­i­days with more stones being hid­den daily.

Some are in tricky-to-find lo­ca­tions while oth­ers are in more ob­vi­ous hid­ing spots but all are marked with Project 31 on the back. Fin­ders are wel­come to keep any stones they find and to share a pic­ture of them­selves and their stone with the project through their Face­book or Twit­ter pages

Team­work Joe and Grace Sweeney

Stones Jun­gle-themed char­ac­ters

Great find Elana Bolanos and Mor­gan Ross

Trea­sure hunter Jack Nor­wood

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