The Regional District of North Okanagan says a recent clean up of a Vernon park is a good example of people doing great things for their community.
A small group of neighbours of Hidden Park along 33rd Avenue took some time this past Sunday to take advantage of the Regional District’s Adopt-A-Stream Program to go through the park and the section of BX Creek that runs through it.
“It was really nice for the neighbours to come together because they certainly have concerns about activity that goes on in the park there, so they like to come together and show that people care for that park and they want to look after the stream that runs through it because it is BX Creek.”
Jennifer Miles, the RDNO’s Water Sustainability Coordinator, says they filled one big bag with garbage.
“We did pick up some odd pieces a little further away down towards the Safeway. We found a mattress unfortunately, so we hauled that out of the water.”
They also found a lot of cigarette butts.
“It’s quite frustrating because even when we were in the park, there was a tin that someone had brought to be an ashtray and yet there was still huge piles of cigarette butts just on the ground, like a metre away.”
Groups interested in the program are asked to complete one or two clean ups per year and are provided with clean up supplies, safety gear, and a sign recognizing their efforts.
Miles says Vernon Tourism and some local businesses have also taken joined with the regional district to get involved in the program in other areas.
She adds if groups are interested in taking water quality measurements, the RDNO will provide training and equipment.
Anyone interested in adopting their neighbourhood stream, or even the roadways nearby, they are invited to contact the RDNO at 250-550-3684 to learn about the Adopt-a-Stream program.
Photo: Hidden Park