Did you know more than 8 million metric tons of plastic are deposited into the ocean every year? As a Fountain Valley resident, there is something you can do about it. The staff at AMC and their families have an annual tradition of coming together to pick up litter and clean our beaches and parks. Even though COVID-19 has brought about safety restrictions preventing large gatherings, you can still organize your small party of helpers to clean up litter on Saturday, July 25.

Your cleanup participation can make a significant difference in Southern California beaches and parks. By looking at the benefits of cleanup, making a plan, and playing it safe, you can contribute to a positive, environmentally friendly experience.

Benefits of Cleaning the Beaches and Parks

Is there anything better than spending a relaxing day with family and friends at the beach or the park? Tossing a frisbee on fresh-cut grass, playing catch in the shade, walking a dog on a winding path, or having a picnic at the park makes for a memorable afternoon. Meanwhile, enjoying the warm sun, the sounds of crashing surf, and the refreshing ocean breeze at the beach is hard to beat.

Volunteering your time to remove trash from Miles Square Regional Park or Huntington Beach can help make a safe environment for wildlife and boost the economy. As Fountain Valley residents, take advantage of your proximity to Sunset Beach, Newport Beach, or Los Alamos Park by spending a few hours of service in return for years of fun in the sun.

Making a Plan

The first thing you should do is circle July 25 on your calendar. Second, invite some close friends or family members to join you. Then, create a list of items you will need to clean up your park or beach. Here are some suggestions that include a few personal things to keep you safe:

  • Trash bags
  • Work gloves
  • Facemask
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snacks (dried fruits, nuts, energy bars, etc.)

Staying Safe

Since COVID-19 continues to be a public threat, keep your group small to make it easy to social distance. As always, wear your facemask in public and follow the CDC guidelines: “When guests arrive, minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, don’t shake hands, do elbow bumps, or give hugs. Instead, wave and verbally greet them.”

Living in Fountain Valley means easy access to world-class beaches and parks. By joining the together for AMC’s beach cleanup, you can play an essential role in keeping the beaches and parks clean for everyone to enjoy. Please be sure to tag Serena Vista in your photos and use the hashtags #AMCcleanup and #livehappy. We’ll see you at the beach!