An open letter to bird-watchers, dog-walkers, beach go-ers, child minders, joggers, picnickers, roller bladers, romantic strollers and all other Friends:
My husband and I live near the park and are daily users of it. We've participated in several 'park clean up' events, and every day, we do our best to remove as much litter as we can from the park. It can be so disheartening to see our beautiful park slowly turning into a rubbish dump. BUT YOU CAN HELP! Hundreds of us pass through the park everyday.
Please join us in protecting the park by picking up and depositing in the litter/recycling cans at least 2 pieces of trash each time you use the park. Not only will you be doing your part to protect the wildlife and keep the area beautiful, you'll be setting a great example to those folks new to the park. If they see you stepping over trash instead of picking it up, they may think leaving garbage behind is acceptable. If they see you picking up litter and putting it away, they'll know that this is a place people care about, and perhaps they'll care too.
If you bring it in, take it out. If you drop it, pick it up. If each of us can leave with one or two pieces of trash put away properly in the bins, the park will be better everyday!
With much appreciation, your fellow park-lover