SERVICE IN ACTION
Sandy Beach in Utah? That’s the question a lot of people asked when they hear about it. Sandy Beach is a beautiful secluded spot on the southeast end of Utah Lake, near Lake Shore. This area is approximately 1,000 yards long and covered in sand. Throughout the year, hundreds of people enjoy camping, fishing, biking, boating, BBQs, bonfires, target shooting and water sports, including kiteboarding, at this awesome recreation spot. The downside is the trash from littering. There’s nails, broken beer bottles, soda and beer cans, towels, blankets, car wheels, house carpet, tarps, shell casings, shoes, dirty diapers, mattresses and box springs.
Why would anyone destroy an amazing recreation spot? What happened to environmental respect?
On Saturday, April 25, a group of Facebook users and kiteboarders met and cleaned up 8,000 pounds of trash at the beach. These amazing humans care about the environment and love Sandy Beach! They made the sacrifice and made a difference. It was started by Destiny and Ryan Thacker; here is their story.
“On April 18, 2015, my husband and I were enjoying the water, sand and sunshine at Sandy Beach. A Utah County Sheriff officer told us they were planning to shut the beach down within the next two years. He said, ‘It’s because of the way people abuse the land.’ He said there was a fatal accident today involving a young man, Eric Hansen, age 31. His dirt bike collided with a truck. He left behind a fiancé and eight kids, one of which was only a week old. We made a memorial for Eric, which can be seen on his tree, right off the dirt road. We ask to please respect and leave it undisturbed. Please contact Thacker Destiny on Facebook if you would like to help donate to the Hansen family.
“We went on the Facebook Payson Yard Sale page and posted for who would be willing to meet up at Sandy Beach for a “clean up day.” The responses were incredible! I asked Smiths grocery in Payson to donate 240 water bottles. The amount of trash was ridiculous. We collected 8,000 pounds of trash! Thank you to my husband Ryan Thacker, KiteUKB Utah Kite Boarding, Heidi Robinson-Nielsen, Raymond Oxford, Dawn Combs family, RITO, Joe and Michelle Barger, the Kary Dillingham family and the Zack Reed family. If I forgot anyone I sincerely apologize.
“We plan on getting together once a month to continue cleanup at Sandy Beach. More info will be posted on https://www.facebook.com/ULSSB.”
Thank you everyone! I hope we appreciate the effort of these awesome volunteers by being environmentally conscious too. We should always clean up after ourselves and never littler. Find us on Facebook by searching “Sandy Beach clean up.”
A group of local residents decided to clean up Sandy Beach recently. They ended up removing 8,000 pounds of trash from the area, which is on the southeast end of Utah Lake.