The Bristol Press – Community volunteers cleaned Page Park in Bristol as part of ‘World Cleanup Day’
BRISTOL – A group of community volunteers took the initiative to help clean up Page Park last Saturday as part of a ‘World Cleanup Day’ effort.
Bill LaMonte, who was part of the group of volunteers, said they ranged in age from 5 to 60. Together, they helped remove 50 pounds of trash from trails, parking lots and the Page Park disc golf course.
“Although park rangers work diligently to maintain the park, it is clear that heavy foot traffic still leaves a carbon footprint throughout the year,” he said. “Unfortunately the most common items found during cleanup were cigarette butts, liquor bottles, plastic bags and plastic bottles. There was also a lot of broken glass throughout the trails that were difficult to remove. It is clear that our community still faces a problem of waste and litter management.”
LaMonte said that while the state of Connecticut is a leader in environmental initiatives, waste remains an issue.
“Even with its strict anti-litter law, instituted in 1992, many of our local streets and parks are still prone to litter of all types, making World Cleanup Day particularly important both to raise awareness of this issue and to also take action,” he said.
LaMonte encouraged visitors to Page Park to follow the city’s “take out and take out” policy and use designated trash cans to dispose of their trash.
“The park relies on the good nature of its visitors,” he said. “Although World Cleanup Day is an annual event, neighborhoods can still work together to improve their environment through neighborhood cleanups and education campaigns.”
Erica Benoit, community engagement co-ordinator with the Bristol Department of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services, said she appreciated the proactive efforts of volunteers.
“This is an amazing group of people who have decided to help clean up one of our local parks,” she said. “We would love to help keep the momentum going.”
Benoit said the city will also be hosting a community cleanup in October. More information will be announced soon.
World Cleanup Day is a global initiative which aims to raise awareness of the global crisis of waste management – including litter, plastic pollution and toxins in the ground, water in the air. LaMonte said the initiative, which started in 2018, includes about 25 million people in 180 countries around the world.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected]