Town clean-up down; beach clean-up up
Pitch-In Week was a bit different – or maybe a lot different – this year than usual. For one thing, it happened almost a month later. For another, the community clean-up (and barbecue) at Devonshire Beach was scheduled in the same week, and according to Jill Shepherd of the Town of Slave Lake, diverted quite a few people away from the in-town effort.
“We had 24 groups participate this year,” Shepherd says. “This was down from 2017, but (we) had feedback that a lot of people opted to participate in the Beach Clean Up Day instead of Community Clean Up.”
The turnout on the beach on June 2 was impressive, at around 200. So the beach must be very clean, with that many people working it for an hour or two or three. However, the trash in town was not all picked up by any means. The town didn’t even track how many bags were picked up, which it usually does. Things got too busy, Shepherd says, with a lot going on that week.
“There’s still lots of areas that could use a good clean,” she says, “so if people still want to go out they can pick up bags and t-shirts from the MRC.”
The other factor working against a clean sweep of litter in town was the new growth in grass and shrubbery. It hid a lot of the litter that is so obvious earlier in the spring.
A sea of yellow
Despite some gloomy weather, community members banded together on Saturday, June 2 to do their part to help keep Devonshire beach looking its best. The day was not only spent caring for the environment; it included a beach bonfire and a barbecue.
The Slave Lake Filipino Cultural Association made a good impression during Pitch-In Week, picking up litter along both sides of Main Street, starting at Kal Tire and going all the way to Tim Hortons.
Staff at Vanderwell Heritage Place pitched in, cleaning up 6th Ave. on the north side of town from the lodge down to The Gathering Place.