Chalk The Walk
Mapleton Parkway Trail

May 11, 2020— Anytime between 10:00 am -8:00 PM

*Please use the EAST side of trail to allow bikers & walkers to safely pass

We are asking your cooperation in practicing social distancing!!! If a part of the trail is busy choose a different area of the trail or come back at a different time. Families and individuals are welcome. Groups consisting of non-family members are discouraged.

Participation is at your own risk & we encourage everyone to wear masks

Guidelines & Tips

  • Bring your chalk and create a beautiful masterpiece on the Mapleton Parkway Trail—or just come for the fun and a good walk! Everyone is invited to social distance and be creative.
  • Please space designs and workspaces at least 10 ft apart.
  • Each artist or family can choose a space on the trail.
  • Artists must bring their own chalk and it MUST be water-based (NO OIL PASTELS).
  • Chalk is the ONLY medium that may be used.
  • NO fixatives allowed on the drawings.
  • We encourage everyone to walk if possible, but parking options include Hobble Creek Elementary and Maple Street, please be respectful of road parking rules and safety.
  • The Event begins at 10:00 AM on Monday, May 11, 2020. Artists must be finished with their work by 8:00 PM.
  • Artists must be courteous to those around them by marking their intended usage space upon starting their designs. *MUST BE 10 FEET APART!
  • Artists should utilize their entire chosen space with their design.
  • Youth artists must have a parent or guardian approval to participate
  • Chalk can only be used on the trail. Artists are responsible for ensuring others do not take their chalk or draw in unassigned areas.
  • The art must be family friendly. Positive messages are encouraged!
  • Mapleton City reserves the right to ask artists or groups to leave for any reason they deem necessary.
  • City staff reserves the right to stop or erase any art that is not family friendly or is deemed inappropriate. NO messages referring or alluding to sexuality will be allowed.
  • Respect for artists and their work is a high priority. Please only have beverage containers with closed lids and avoid stepping on art or insulting other artists.
  • Artists are responsible for protecting their work.
  • There are no available power sources to charge phones or other devices.
  • Artwork must be original. If an artist or family intends to reproduce something originally created by another artist, the original artist must be credited.


  • Basic supplies, such as foam brushes and erasers for blending, latex gloves and baby wipes.
  • Wisk broom or brushes for cleaning the drawing surface before you start.
  • Hats to guard against the hot sun.
  • A 2'x2' (or larger) piece of cardboard to sit or stand on to avoid smearing your work.
  • A pillow, gardeners pad, or knee pads to kneel on.
  • Plastic (if desired) to cover your artwork in the case of inclement weather.
  • Bring plenty of water to drink and use sunscreen.


  • Use chalk sparingly. Build up your layers, starting with a very light layer on the bottom.
  • Some artist prefer to lay all of their undertones first. Some prefer to work top to bottom. We recommend outlining all of your major elements first.
  • A big chalkboard eraser works great for laying down large areas of color. Moving the eraser in a circular motion works best.
  • If you’re a first-timer, consider using one object as the focal point of your artwork – a face, a frog, etc. Small details are difficult to manage on a rough surface — so think BIG & DRAMATIC.
  • The more you work with chalk on concrete, the more comfortable you will become--So practice on the driveway at home.
  • Bring plenty of water to drink and use sunscreen

(Article originally published for the Utah Foster Care Chalk Art Festival. Edited for the Chalk the Walk Festival)