2003-10-03 / Community

Rockaway Beach Cleanup A Success

Rockaway Beach Cleanup A Success


Eight adults and five children met on the boardwalk at 116 St. in Rockaway Park at 9:00 AM, Saturday, September 20 as part of the international American Littoral Society’s Beach Cleanup. While most of the participants were from Rockaway, two of the adults were from the mainland and came all the way from Washington Heights!  It was a beautiful day. Everyone worked for approximately 2 hours and picked up 23 bags of garbage between Beach 116 St. and Beach 127 St. The hurricane that blew in two days before seemed have gotten rid of some of the surface litter, but there was still plenty to pick up. Volunteers in Rockaway picked up glass, plastic and metal containers of every description. There were bottle caps by the hundreds, cigarette butts, beverage  bottles and cans.  Some of the more unique items included a plastic tub and refrigerator shelf along with several discarded beach chairs. As can be expected, much of the garbage was found by the ocean and boardwalk. Most disturbing were dozens of plastic bags filled with dog feces that were just thrown at the base of the boardwalk and sea walls.  The Park’s Department helped with equipment and the Rockaway Chamber of Com­merce helped in the coordination of workers. Eight adults and five children met on the boardwalk at 116 St. in Rockaway Park at 9:00 AM, Saturday, September 20 as part of the international American Littoral Society’s Beach Cleanup. While most of the participants were from Rockaway, two of the adults were from the mainland and came all the way from Washington Heights!  It was a beautiful day. Everyone worked for approximately 2 hours and picked up 23 bags of garbage between Beach 116 St. and Beach 127 St. The hurricane that blew in two days before seemed have gotten rid of some of the surface litter, but there was still plenty to pick up. Volunteers in Rockaway picked up glass, plastic and metal containers of every description. There were bottle caps by the hundreds, cigarette butts, beverage bottles and cans.  Some of the more unique items included a plastic tub and refrigerator shelf along with several discarded beach chairs. As can be expected, much of the garbage was found by the ocean and boardwalk. Most disturbing were dozens of plastic bags filled with dog feces that were just thrown at the base of the boardwalk and sea walls.  The Park’s Department helped with equipment and the Rockaway Chamber of Com­merce helped in the coordination of workers. 

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