Judging from the litter, the children apparently had a great time at the birthday party.
The pavilion at Winter Park was strewn with pieces of white cake, grape soda cans, orange drink in plastic bottles, and Dora the Explorer plates, napkins and plastic banners. Someone had left behind a pair of sandals, and someone else didn’t think to take his or her shirt.
One garbage can was almost overflowing … so someone did make an effort to tidy up. But the other two cans had plenty of room.
The birthday party was so successful that the kids and adults didn’t even think to look back at the mess they had left behind for the next visitor or the park staff.
Where were the adults? They should set a good example for the children and also should insist that the children clean up after themselves.
With summer here, people will be flocking to the area’s numerous parks.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll keep saying it: Maintain the parks as if they were your own front yard — or even better. Leave a park cleaner than when you arrived.
Follow the rules — which include no grills or dumping charcoal.
Place chicken bones and used diapers in their proper place.
In an ideal world, park staff or volunteers would be on hand constantly to maintain order.
Or, even a camera security system would be a plus. In the real world, however, park users need to lend a hand.
The Illiana area is blessed to have a beautiful park system.
Treasure these outdoor jewels — keep them clean and shiny.