In the Can not the Sand!
There is a very important motto to remember about trash when going to the beach: "Toes in the Sand, Trash in the Can!" Or "In the Can and Not in the Sand!" You get the idea. The beach and the ocean are without question one of the most beautiful wonders in the world. All too often there is litter and trash being thrown down a long our beaches. In Virginia Beach on every street are trash receptacles and recycling bins. The only way for us to protect and preserve the beaches is for us all to be responsible. Trash has it's place and it is definitely not on our beaches or in our waters.
Dangers in Trash along our Shores
Trash Free Seas
Ocean trash ranks as one of the most serious pollution problems of our time. Much more than an eyesore, trash in the water and on the shore affects the health of people, wildlife and economies. For example, trash in the water:
- injures swimmers and beachgoers;
- harms wildlife that eats it or get trapped in its mess;
- drives away tourists—and their wallets; and
- ensnares boat propellers, a costly navigation hazard
Now for probably the coolest use of trash in town learn about Mt.Trashmore :
Mount Trashmore Park, also known simply as Mount Trashmore, is a city park located in Virginia Beach, Va. which opened in 1974,Mount Trashmore is an example of landfill reuse as its creation consisted of the conversion of an abandoned landfill into a park. The park spans 165 acres with hills over 60 feet high, over 800 feet long. Facilities include four large and 11 small picnic shelters, playground areas, a basketball court, four volleyball areas, parking, vending machines and restrooms. Mount Trashmore Park also has multiple walking trails.
Oh did I mention the Skate Park?
Mount Trashmore Skate Park opened in August 2003 and is a 24,000 square foot extensive street course flowing from an aboveground, seven-foot deep bowl. The skate park components are framed with treated wood and completely covered with composite material. It boasts a Skatelite Pro skating surface that skateboarders, inline skaters, and BMX bikers can enjoy. Adjacent to the skate park is a competition-sized vert ramp that stands at a massive 13.5 feet tall and 40 feet wide. The vert ramp opened in February 2006.
So Remember enjoy time at Virginia Beach but leave nothing more than your footprints and sand castles!