With Valentine’s Day here, what better way to spend the day than to love and protect our parks?
Acts of vandalism can wreak havoc on the aesthetic loveliness of our parks, costing previously allocated budgets, such as regular maintenance, to be cut to cover the cost of repairs. Without proper routine maintenance due to budget cuts, parks can start to look neglected by lack of care. Park closure is also often the result of occurrences of mindless vandalism while repairs are being undertaken.
The detrimental effects of vandalism imposed on our parks can also be irreparable and devastating. Natural rock formations and the fragile ecosystems of our most treasured national parks can be ruined indefinitely by damage wrought by an act of vandalism. Vandalism of this type can ruin the park experience for many generations to come.
February 14th is a special day for many people in many countries, as this date is reserved and dedicated to be the feast day of Saint Valentine. After gaining popularity throughout Europe in the 14th century, Valentine’s Day has come to be known as a celebration of love and affection.
Parks can be a relaxing and romantic place to visit with our loved ones on this special day. Therefore, it is important that we maintain the natural beauty of our parks. Taking pride in caring for our parks is also a good means for celebrating, year-round, the ideals that Valentine’s Day stands for.
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, what better way to honor the celebration of love and affection than by loving and caring for our parks by preventing acts of vandalism?