The Ukiah Daily Journal

Mystery rocks for Mother’s Day

City of Ukiah parks now open

- By Jody Martinez udjjm@ukiahdj.com @thiswasnew­s on Twitter

Since before Easter, painted rocks have been mysterious­ly appearing on the rock wall at Todd Grove Park, which was built by the Works Progress Administra­tion — just one of many federal projects to provide employment for outof-work Americans during the Great Depression. The WPA gave public works jobs to an estimated 8.5 million Americans between 1935 and 1943.

The rocks left at Todd Grove in recent weeks have provided a welcome diversion for local residents walking along city streets next to the wall, while the park has been closed. Last

Sunday, on Mother’s Day, there was a whole new crop of painted rocks, some of which are shown here. And that day, the park was also open.

On Saturday, Ukiah parks opened once again for recreation­al activities, after having been closed for weeks due to the coronaviru­s shelter-in-place order hose using the parks are reminded by the city to “stay a minimum of 6 feet apart from others who are not in your household or living unit. Remember to practice good hygiene and stay safe!”

City parks include Todd Grove, Vinewood, Oak Manor, Observator­y, Orchard, Riverside and McGarvey. The city also reopened the Ukiah Skate Park on Thursday, for limited skating, with no more than 12 skaters “allowed in the park at a time to allow for social distancing.”

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