Barkers park gets facelift

Kids from the Cayman Scouts and Bonaventure Home, along with visitors and residents spent three hours in a massive beach clean up at Barkers National Park on Saturday afternoon for Earth Day.

Saturday, 23 April marked the passing of International Earth Day, an event celebrated worldwide to help raise awareness of our precious natural environment, the earth and the seas.

According to a press release from Divetech, the group collected more than 90 bags of garbage from the beach, plus a few special treasures, including chairs, desks, beach umbrellas, carpet fragments and tables.

‘Having the children out to help and knowing that they are there because they care about the environment was very special,’ it reads.

Governor Bruce Dinwiddy was hard at work alongside everyone else, walking the beach and picking up trash.

‘This National Marine Park, our first in Cayman, has not been touched since Ivan, hence there was still a lot of debris that had accumulated here.

‘Located on the Northern coastline of Grand Cayman, inside the fringing reef at Head of Barkers, the garbage could have well returned to the sea and created debris and endangerment, especially for species like the turtles, which inadvertently can try and eat plastic bags and the like.

‘With turtle nesting season now upon us in April, it was an ideal time to tackle this four plus mile stretch of beach. A lot of the trash cleaned up appeared to be trash left behind by visitors enjoying this pristine beach.’

CITA members Cobalt Coast Resort, Divetech and Red Sail Sports organised the event, and provided bottled water, gloves, garbage bags and trucks to move the bags to a central location. The Department of Environmental Health will be picking up the pile this week to dispose of it. Snacks and refreshments were offered to everyone following the beach cleanup at Cobalt Coast Resort.

A second cleanup will be organised in the near future for cleaning the North East most tip of Barkers, which was not reached during this cleanup effort, along with a roadside cleanup to the National Marine Park.

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