First beach cleanup sees record vol­un­teer turnout

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Kent Is­land Beach Cleanups kicked off its 2018 sea­son March 31 with a cleanup at Ter­rapin Park, where a record 112 vol­un­teers turned out.

“Our cleanups run from 8 a.m. un­til noon and by 9:30 a.m., we had al­ready over filled all of our bins that we had for the col­lec­tion of the grant project, and we had to throw the rest in the trailer down at Ter­rapin,” said KIBCU founder Kristin Weed.

Plas­tic col­lected this year will go into a re­cy­cled plas­tics sculp­ture that will help ed­u­cate the pub­lic on the is­sue of trash in our wa­ter­ways, Weed said. KIBCU was awarded a $3,869 Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Mini Grant from the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Trust for the ed­u­ca­tional art project. It is part of a men­tor pro­gram with the Na­tional Aquar­ium in Bal­ti­more.

KIBCU in­crease the num­ber of cleanups this year by adding ad­di­tional sites on some dates. For in­stance, on April 21 cleanups will be held at both Mat­a­peake Beach and Hem­ing­way’s. Vol­un­teers can pick which­ever site they’d like. On May 12, cleanups will be held at the Kent Nar­rows and Ferry Point Park lo­ca­tions.

Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 8 a.m. with the cleanup start­ing no later than 8:30. The cleanups usu­ally fin­ish by noon, de­pend­ing on how many vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pate.

Lo­ca­tions and ad­dresses for cleanups are as fol­lows: Ter­rapin Beach, 191 Log Ca­noe Cir­cle, Stevensville; Kent Nar­rows Fish­ing Pier area, 100 Piney Nar­rows Road, Ch­ester; Ferry Point Park, 600 Swan Cove Lane, Ch­ester; Hem­ing­way’s Beach, 357 Pier 1 Road, Stevensville; and Mat­a­peake Beach, 2010 Schulz Blvd., Stevensville.

All vol­un­teers must sign a par­tic­i­pa­tion waiver; those vol­un­teers un­der 18 must have the waiver signed by a par­ent or guardian. Chil­dren 12 and un­der must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult or sib­ling over 16. Stu­dents can earn ser­vice learn­ing hours for par­tic­i­pat­ing in cleanups.

KIBCU pro­vides cleanup sup­plies, such as gloves, buck­ets and trash bags. Vol­un­teers should bring their own re­us­able wa­ter bot­tle.

For more in­for­ma­tion, find Kent Is­land Beach Cleanups page on Face­book or go to www.ken­tis­land­beach­clean ups.com.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Some of the 112 vol­un­teers who turned out for Kent Is­land Beach Clean Ups’ first cleanup of 2018, on Satur­day morn­ing, March 31, at Ter­rapin Park Beach in Stevensville. They are pic­tured with an over­flow­ing trailer with bagged trash that was col­lected. Not pic­tured, 14 tubs of re­cy­clable bot­tles and cans that were also col­lected. The next two cleanups will be April 21 at Hem­ing­way’s and Mat­a­peake beaches and May 12 at the Kent Nar­rows and Ferry Point Park lo­ca­tions. All clean ups be­gin at 8 a.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to Ken­tIs­landBeachCleanUps.com.

Ter­rapin Park beach cleanup

Clean­ing up the beach is a fam­ily af­fair.

Pieces of wood are among the de­bris picked up at Ter­rapin beach.

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