Madison Community Rocks to Help Those Affected by Pandemic

MADISON — What is so special about a big bag of river rocks?

They can feature an inspirational message, the name of a special person, or an organization on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. These rocks come together to form the Madison River of Hope, a permanent painted rock garden on Bill’s Hill at Dublin Park in Madison. The proceeds go to support people in Madison affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Madison RIver of Hope” features rocks with messages and logos.

The perfect summertime activity for individuals, families, businesses, and organizations and groups have a choice of four types of sponsorship rocks and painting options available through July 11. Donors can paint a name or inspirational message on the stone or a volunteer at the Madison Chamber of Commerce will do it.

“I Wanna Rock” sponsorships start with $10 donations to the Madison River of Hope and include a small People Rock to honor a special person in the community; a $20 donation will go toward a larger Rock Solid stone to support a small business affected by the COVID-19 fight.

With a corporate donation of $500, a company logo can be painted on a large Let’s Rock stone; a $1,000 donation will include a larger stone with special placement in the River of Hope Rock Garden. The company logo and a special message can be painted on the façade as well.

To order the rocks, visit or contact Liz Brinton at 256-348-4969 or

The rocks can be picked up and dropped off Tuesdays at Discovery Middle School on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Madison Public Library from 3-6 p.m. They may also be picked up and dropped off weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Dublin Park  and Posh Mommy and Baby Too!.

Contributions to the River of Hope Rock Garden run through July 11.