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Ames Joins International ‘Chalk the Walks’ Event Planned on Aug. 21 to Spread Positive Messages

The City of Ames Planning and Housing Department is facilitating community participation in the eighth annual international “Chalk the Walks” event planned for Tuesday, Aug. 21. Residents are encouraged to participate by spreading positive messages and images in chalk at several public locations.

Chalk the Walks, a project of The Joy Team, is an annual event intended to spread happiness by chalking positive messages on sidewalks and sharing them with thousands of others across the globe through social media. The event began in Vancouver, Wash., in 2011, and has spread to all 50 states and several countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Norway. Chalk will be provided for the community to use at the following locations in Ames:

-Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.
-City Hall, 515 Clark Ave.
-Country Gables Park, 500 Crystal St
-Daley Park, 340 Wilder Blvd.
-Northridge Heights Park, 2901 Harrison Road
-Brookside Park (near wading pool), 1325 Sixth St.
-Lily Pad at the ISU Research Park, 1805 Collaboration Place
-Duff Park, 1323 Duff Ave.

“Chalk the Walks is a great opportunity for the Ames community to have fun chalking with their neighbors, co-workers, and fellow residents, while spreading positive messages at the same time,” said Julie Gould, Neighborhood Liaison. “This will be the second year for Chalk the Walks in Ames so look for a few different locations this year.”

Organizers are asking participants to post photos of chalk art to City of Ames social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) using #AmesChalkTalk and #ChalkTheWalks. For more information, please contact Julie Gould at 515.239.5443 or

Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer,, 515.239.5204
Julie Gould, Neighborhood Liaison,, 515.239.5443

Submitted by City of Ames

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