It’s getting to be spring cleaning time in the area; an idea that’s popular in more than your home or backyard. Even the beaches at Presque Isle State Park are getting cleaned up.
The end of winter means warmer temperatures and soon, millions of visitors to Presque Isle State Park. Each spring, hundreds of volunteers gather to spruce up the park, picking up debris Old Man Winter has left behind. This year, the clean-up is set for April 28th and the more volunteers, the better.
Stacey Marendt, of PI, explains, “You will be assigned a location and given some bags and some gloves and you pick up all kinds of items on the beach and possibly the interior of the park”.
The biggest killer in the lake is not a natural predator. The biggest killer is small man-made plastics. That makes the clean-up more important than just making a good impression for human visitors.
Marendt tells us, “We’re not just cleaning up the beaches for people to enjoy; we’re cleaning up the beaches to make it healthier for the aquatic environment. When the plastic gets back out in the water, it can be very harmful”.
This year’s Presque Isle Beach Clean-up is set for Saturday, April 28th. You can arrive any time between 8am and 10am to get started at the rotary pavilion. Lunch is provided by the Sons of Lake Erie. You are asked to bring a reusable cup you’ll take with you because the idea is to reduce plastic on the park; not add to it.