Editor: I read with interest the story re beach cleanup day in Section C of the Guardian, Sept. 12, under P.E.I. briefs. While I truly believe cleaning the beaches of our National Parks is a good thing, in fact, even a grand thing to be doing, I have to wonder just who takes responsibility for cleaning up of Provincial Park beaches. I live just a 10-minute drive from Tea Hill Provincial Park and do frequent that beach each summer. While there is not a lot of actual sandy beach, the waters are warm, and there are not the huge crowds of people one might find at Cavendish and Brackley beaches.
Mind you, I do go to other beaches when invited by friends. I just prefer a short trip when going to the beach alone. My reason for this letter is to state that Tea Hill Beach is the victim of tossed garbage, bottles cans, chip bags, bar wrappers, etc. And I have picked up some of this in my visits. To add to the garbage there is an over-abundance of seaweed on the scant beach itself. I wonder and remark every summer, why the town of Stratford, who seems to be the manager of this beach, does not clean up the all that seaweed to make the beach more inviting to visitors? While the park does offer a lot of green space including cricket field and playground equipment for young families, the actual beach itself is always in a mess.
I believe for the most part that visitors to the National Park are good to clean up after themselves, perhaps because there are laws being broken if they do not. So, is there any such laws being enforced at Provincial beaches? If a cleanup day was organized for the beach at Tea Hill Provincial Park I would do my best to participate. Perhaps there is someone who would be happy to truck all that seaweed out of there on a regular basis. Each hide tide brings more. It’s something to think about for next summer.