First beach cleanup sees record volunteer turnout
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.
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.