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Parks are Essential- Take Care of Them

Parks are Essential- Take Care of Them

During this pandemic, five out of six adults acknowledge local parks, trails and open spaces are an important aspect to maintaining their mental and physical health.  This information can only lead us to the conclusion that parks in our communities are essential.  Sometimes a greater appreciation grows when something is taken away.  Losing our parks and trails for a time has been an eye opener to how valuable they are in our lives and our communities.  One would think this would lead the community to take good care of this valuable asset, but unfortunately news has come forward that show there are some people who are leave behind trash and biohazards

Park care givers work hard to maintain the parks and open spaces for the enjoyment of the community and this insult is beyond comprehension.  This is a tough task to manage the semi-open parks where bathrooms are still off limits.  But if people want to walk on trails and use the parks for outdoor activities, they need to be aware that the park bathrooms and other facilities are closed. 

Parks are Essential and Park Care Givers are essential!

Illegal Dumping Solutions During Pandemic

Illegal Dumping Solutions During Pandemic

Used gloves and masks can be seen discarded at grocery store parking lots.  But the worst illegal dumping crimes are committed at parks.  With the stay at home orders throughout the country, some trash pickup and drop off sites have been postponed.  Illegal dumpers are leaving trash in parks and remote areas.  Items left are the usual bulky items of furniture, tires and electronics, which collect water and promote disease of all kinds. This discarded trash is taking up valuable time and resources of the parks and recreation department, who are already stretched due to the COVID-19.

What to do?

Here are tools and resources you and your staff need during this pandemic:

  • Barriers: obstacles placed in a strategic place gives the clear communication that this area is not open to the public
  • Signs: posted signs give the community clear written rules about areas off limits
  • Hot Lines: hot lines involve the community and re-enforce community policing  
  • Social Media: Use social media to make the community aware of the illegal activities occurring in the parks
  • Illegal Dumping Cameras: Illegal dumping cameras are totally portable and are specifically designed to help stop unwanted activity in parks and remote areas

Give your parks and recreation department the right tools to get the job done!

Trash and COVID-19

Trash and COVID-19

COVID 19 is a serious illness that is affecting all people throughout the world.  The contagiousness of the virus is rapid and widespread causing pandemic responses.  With border closures and stricter safety laws comes the closures of many state, county and city parks. 

It is important to continue to venture outside to exercise for optimal health. However, most areas once enjoyed are now closed to the public. With the stay at home order throughout most municipalities, people are getting cabin fever and crossing the boundaries. It might be because they think no one is watching or they do not believe the area should be closed to begin with.

Unfortunately, there is an increase of illegal dumping caused by visitors.  Rangers are exposed to more than usual trash. This is making it harder for our Parks Rangers to keep the parks sanitized and it unnecessarily eposes the Rangers to garbage that might be tainted with the Coronavirus.  Even throughout the stay at home order our Rangers are still hard at work.  People need to be respectful and understand the risk they are causing.  Even after the shelter in place order is lifted people need stop illegal dumping.

 Illegal dumping causes disease and pollution that can enter our water ways.  A nuisance behavior camera is needed to stop illegal dumping and trespassing.

Illegal Dumping- Help!

Illegal Dumping- Help!

Spring is a refreshing time of the year. The grass is green, the sun is shining, and there are nice rainy days that bring freshness to the air. Spring showers are great for the environment, water rejuvenates the earth and makes it look healthier. Spring showers bring a wave of freshness through the air, but unfortunately that’s not the only thing they bring.

Spring showers bring more water, which is a great thing, but not when it mixes with illegal dumping. Illegal dumping is a terrible crime that destroys our environment; it ruins the sense of freshness and turns it into disgust. When it rains and there are illegal dump sites that contain trash, metal, and especially tires, it’s a recipe for disaster.

When piles of trash are dumped and it rains, the trash collects water. Water mixed with trash creates the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. The water creates a nice dark, pool and is the perfect climate that mosquitoes need to be able to lay and hatch hundreds of eggs. These mosquitoes can carry deadly diseases that can be transmitted to humans, who are bitten and become the host.

Illegal dumping sustains the problem of mosquito diseases being spread in the United States. This problem affects the people of all communities which are being targeted for dumping.

Deter and minimize Illegal dumping in your community:

  • Staff Resources: Every city needs staff that is dedicated and trained in illegal dumping. This includes the authority to educate the public, respond and investigate complaints, and prosecute.
  • Educate: Educate your community about the dangers of illegal dumping and the consequences both environmentally and fines.
  • Provide Hot lines: Hot lines are a very resourceful tool that every city should have available.  When a citizen sees an act of illegal dumping, they can call, text or email information to the Enforcers.
  • Legislation: Every city needs laws to combat illegal dumping
  • Tools to help: Illegal dumping cameras.  These cameras are specifically designed to provide prosecutable evidence needed in the war of illegal dumping.