The bland cement walkways of Hesperia Civic Plaza will be transformed into colorful works of art when the Hesperia Recreation and Parks District holds Chalk the Walk on Saturday.

Chalk the Walk is an art competition for children that allows them limited time and space to draw a masterpiece in hopes of winning a prize.

This is the first year the Recreation and Parks District has held Chalk the Walk, created in celebration of the district serving the community for 60 years.

“We offer a number of sports and aquatic programs so we think it would be great to reach out to another demographic of our youth,” Hesperia Recreation and Parks District General Manager Lindsay Woods said.

Registration is $5 per child which will include a set of chalk for the competition. All registrants will have two hours to complete a 10-by-7-foot space and each piece of art should follow the theme, “Why Parks Make Life Better.”

The competition will be divided into three age categories: 7-9 years old, 10-12 years old and 13-17 years old. If the younger children need assistance, there will be members from the nonprofit volunteer club Artist of the High Desert on hand to help.

“I think this gives some of our younger artists an opportunity to come out and show their artistic talent,” Woods said.

There will be a first, second and third prize winner for each age category followed by an overall winner of the competition.

The Artist of the High Desert will not only be lending a helping hand but judging the competition as well.

Pre-registration is required so participants can review the pre-submission information and artwork guidelines prior to the competition.

Check-in time for registered participants is at 9 a.m., the competition will begin at 10 a.m., judging is at 12:15 p.m. and winners will be announced at 1:15 p.m.

Chalk the Walk will be held at Hesperia Civic Plaza Park,15833 Smoketree St., Hesperia. To register for the event and for more information, visit www.hesperiaparks.com/chalk-the-walk.