By: Kevin Biggiani
Right in our own hamlet of Oyster Bay, we are blessed to have Theodore Roosevelt Park. The park, named for the twenty-sixth president of the United States, has a gorgeous beach visited by hundreds of beachgoers every summer. Unfortunately, with use of the beach comes litter in various forms left behind by its visitors.
Each year, the Town of Oyster Bay and the Friends of the Bay organize a day dedicated to a spring clean-up of Theodore Roosevelt Park Beach. Environmentally conscious volunteers arrive at the beach to help clean it for the upcoming summer season.
This year, the clean up was scheduled for April 16, 2022. Despite the clouds and strong winds, volunteers enthusiastically showed up to give several hours of their day to fill bags with litter accumulated from the beach. The hard work of the volunteers left the beach in pristine condition. Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and other local government officials appeared at Theodore Roosevelt Park Beach to thank all of the volunteers for their efforts.
Amongst the countless volunteers, many were students. Volunteering for beach clean-ups is an excellent way for students to obtain community service hours needed to be named to honor societies and to win scholarships. In addition, being part of a beach clean-up is a great way to get exercise and meet other environmentally conscious individuals who share the common goal of maintaining the natural treasures we have right here in our own backyard.
Thanks to the volunteers, this summer’s beachgoers can look forward to a cleaner and safer summer experience. Cleaning up litter saves marine animals from ingesting the litter or encountering toxic chemicals that may seep into the water and do them harm. Additionally, removing broken glass ensures that visitors will have a positive experience, as the sharp edges can cause injuries if stepped on.
The Town of Oyster Bay and Friends of the Bay will be forthcoming with clean-up dates for other local beaches. If you want to help keep beaches clean and pay it forward, volunteer for a beach clean-up; it is an extremely rewarding experience.