Leave parks and recreation areas clean, DOI asks
The District of Invermere (DOI) is asking Kinsmen Beach users to be more considerate when it comes to cleanliness.
In an August 17 social media post, the district stated: “Kinsmen Beach is one of Invermere’s most prized possessions and we are very lucky to have such a beautiful place to enjoy.
“When you bring items into public areas such as Kinsmen Beach, it is up to you to ensure the natural beauty of the area is protected. You must properly dispose of your garbage or carry it away with you. Just as you would carry out your beach chair, please take out any garbage or personal items with you when you leave.
“This is a reminder to everyone to keep our public areas clean and leave no trace of you ever being there. In order to do your part in keeping Kinsmen Beach and such areas in pristine conditions, you will need to remember to clean up after yourself.”
The district asks beach users to keep in mind, “the most effective way to prevent waste is to prevent waste in the first place. Consider bringing using reusable items to the beach such as reusable water bottles and reusable containers but don’t also forget to take these items home with you.
“Garbage can have harmful effects on the environment and pose risks to both animals and people. Remember that bear-proof and resistant bins such as those at Kinsmen Beach must be properly closed to prevent the odours that attract bears and other wildlife to the area.
“Residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the Invermere Transfer Station located next to the Public Works yard in Athalmer on Industrial 1 Road. The Invermere Transfer Station is fully supervised and operates daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Please leave our parks and recreation areas clean for others to enjoy! Leave no trace. Pack it in, pack it out!”
Lead image: A sample of the volume of garbage collected at day’s end at Invermere’s Kinsmen Beach. District of Invermere photo