Chalk Your Walk: Renton encourages neighborhood creativity with new program

Families can pick up one free bucket of chalk at various Renton locations this weekend.

The City of Renton is encouraging local residents to get creative while staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This weekend, the City of Renton Recreation and Neighborhoods Division is providing one bucket of chalk per family at various drive-through locations as a way to generate inspiration and enjoyment for local neighborhoods. Chalk buckets are available while supplies last.

When decorating your sidewalk or driveway May 4-10, the city advises to follow social distancing guidelines and use Renton’s daily theme guide to spark your creativity.

Message Monday: Create a message or drawing to inspire others during “Stay Home, Stay Safe.”

Superhero Tuesday: Who’s your superhero? Give thanks to essential workers such as doctors, nurses, first responders, military, mail carriers, grocery store clerks and more.

Wellness Wednesday: Create a hopscotch, an obstacle course, or other exercises to get moving.

Throwback Thursday: Share what you miss most before social distancing and “Stay Home, Stay Safe.” School, parks, shopping, coffee? Share those memories.

Fantasy Friday: Add some fantasy to your Friday by drawing unicorns, knights, dreamy castles or even Renton’s own dragon Erasmus. Use your imagination.

Saturday and Sunday Weekend Warriors: Fill in the rest of your space creating one unbelievable art scape for pure viewing enjoyment.

If you share your creations on social media, be sure to tag #LetsGoChalkRTN. Chalk kit pickups will be from Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 3, at the following locations:

Friday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Hwy.

Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kennydale Elementary, 1700 NE 28th St

Cascade Elementary, 16022 116th Ave. SE

Sunday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Highlands Elementary, 2720 NE 7th St

Maplewood Heights, 130 Jericho Ave. NE