In Sunday's paper, a letter was printed concerning the broken glass at the Thorpe Park Disc Golf Course. The Disc Golf Course is part of the City's Trail Steward Program. My family has been responsible for the Trail clean up of holes 10-18 for the past two years.
We are also very concerned about the broken glass. During the last two summers, we took our family of 8 there every week for one or two hours to pick up glass, as well as doing it several times through the rest of the year. We have brought church youth groups and scout groups to help us. Hundreds of volunteer hours have been spent picking up glass in the last two years, but nothing we do seems to make a dent.
We agree that there is a problem. But the problem isn't in the city's efforts to maintain the course but in the thoughtlessness of those who are throwing bottles on the course and not using the garbage cans. I wish that we could find a solution that keeps the bottles from ever being there in the first place, rather than how to clean it up afterwards.
While picking up glass has been valuable to my young children in teaching them not to litter, I'd love to see those who are making the mess fined with hours of community service — in the disc golf course picking up glass, of course.