Tonight my 2 year old asked to go to the park. It was a little later than we usually head out, but she’d had a good nap this afternoon and it was still light out, so at 8pm we walked down the street to our neighbourhood park.
The park that the many children in our neighbourhood use.
The park that was probably full of kids all day because the weather was so beautiful today.
The park that was full of garbage from exploded fireworks that *someone* set off in celebration of Canada Day yesterday, but couldn’t be bothered to clean up once the fun was over. All of those red circles in the first two pictures show where there was debris in the sand – that’s not all of it, just what I could easily identify.
This a public park in an area full of children; I’m betting it was someone who lives in the neighbourhood who decided to use it as their own personal fireworks launching area. Yet almost 24 hours after the fireworks went off – plenty of time to have come back and cleaned up – there was so much garbage that we almost turned around and went home.
Instead, I walked home and returned with gloves, a large garbage bag and my camera. While my older daughter watched, my husband and I put on the gloves and starting picking up as much as we could. Poor Ashlyn just wanted to help but I didn’t want her to touch any of the firework debris, and she kept saying “Ashlyn no gloves, no touch” very sadly as we worked. She couldn’t even play in the sand like she normally does because there wasn’t a section that didn’t have fragments of the detonated fireworks in it.
I am disgusted that someone would leave a park in this state. I am saddened that children were clearly playing amongst all of this trash all day long. I am bewildered that other parents MUST have seen the state the park was in today and chose to let their young children play there as it was, instead of helping to pick up the mess.
To whomever left this mess, I hope you had a great Canada Day. I’m sure it was a lot of fun – we had a great time at all of the local events ourselves. Next time, clean up your own mess; I have 2 kids, I clean enough as it is. Because the next time that I hear fireworks, I’m heading to the park with a camera – not to take pictures of the display you’re putting on, but to get your faces on record. If things look like this the next day, I’ll be taking those pictures to the proper authorities. My 2 year old knows she needs to clean up after herself when she makes a mess so grown adults have absolutely no excuse for this ignorant behaviour.