Garbage concerns at a Kingston park

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV
Garbage concerns at a Kingston park
“The city was just here. They had 5 or 6 people go from one side of the park all the way to the other. That happened only a few days ago and already you can see garbage everywhere.”

Councillor Adam Candon says something needs to change with the state of Old Colony Park.
This large open space with a treed entrance, playground and soccer field has turned into the neighbourhood dumping ground.

Councillor Adam Candon
“For whatever reason there seems to be a lot of litter and there seems to be a lot of
concerned neighbours that are saying we can do a lot better.”

Neighbours like Kelly Carscadden who visits the park with children in her home daycare every day.

Kelly Carscadden -Nearby Park Resident
“There are things on the ground like cigarette butts, needles. Last year we had a problem at this park where people had poured bleach down the slides . When you come you just think it’s water and the kids are in to it. You’re always patrolling. And as you can see there’s stuff here everywhere.”

Water bottles, dirty diapers, blowing plastic, empty containers…is just some of the garbage gathering in the green space. ┬áCity officials say permanent garbage cans won’t fix the problem because they’re too hard to get to during the winter months.

Damon Wells
“People would tend to use them for getting rid of garbage. We wouldn’t be able to collect them and then there would be a pile of garbage around the can. It would cause more issues then it would resolve I think. ”

Jonna Semple:
“Temporary garbage cans are installed along the playing fields during the summer months.
Now this the only garbage can right now at the park and the problem with this one is…a lot of household waste from the neighbourhood is being dumped inside. ”
So what’s the solution? The area Councillor is currently working with the city to install more signage about keeping the park clean.

Adam Candon:
“Hopefully we can give people a friendly reminder to clean up after their neighbour.”

A clean green space for everyone to enjoy.
-Jonna Semple, CKWS News Kingston

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