• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 37s

Volunteers join together to clean up Anchorage coastline

By Kate McPherson 6:26 PM June 22, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Anchorage Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual event and this year Lyn Ary Park and Point Woronzof were the focus of the clean up efforts for young and old.

Volunteers wore gloves and Xtratufs as they combed Anchorage’s coastline for broken glass, nails and other trash Sunday morning.

“It’s appalling, I don’t know why people do it,” said Laura Hartz, who was out with her young son.

The glass and nails were the obvious items being collected. There was also old clothing, cans and linoleum.

“I’ve never seen so many rusty nails on a beach,” said volunteer Matt Beattie.

“You couldn’t walk on this beach barefoot,” he said.

The cleanup crew says most of the nails come from pallets being burned in bonfires and the glass from smashed alcohol bottles.

“It’s fairly disgusting I had no idea that it was that gross down there,” said J.P.Wood, whose job was to collect the bags of trash, weigh them, and sort out recyclable items.

Some locals say the beach near Lyn Ary Park is becoming a hazard because of the glass and nails.

“I have kids and live nearby and we love to come down here to play but we always have to be careful you can’t dig in the sand with your hands,” said event organizer Regan Brooks.

“It’s an incredible resource to have in the city, to have a beach like this, so it would be wonderful if we could take better care of it,” Brooks said.

Volunteers have a clipboard and are asked to record what they find.

“Over the course of each year there are beach cleanups going on all over Alaska and everybody is keeping track of what they clean up and sharing that data,” Brooks said.

People of all ages were helping remove trash and 8-year-old Elliot Garton-Barendregt had this message for people who litter: “Put it in the garbage cans and recycling cans,” he said.

 

Latest Stories

  • News

    Community mourns lives lost in series of shootings, urges prevention

    by on Aug 26, 22:16

    After a deadly summer, people around Anchorage are hoping to turn things around. At least nine young men have been shot to death in the last three months. On Friday, dozens turned out for an anti-gun violence rally and vigil at The Drift Gallery Dance Studio. The event was organized by a grass roots group […]

  • Sports

    Week 3 of Alaska high school football

    by Dave Goldman on Aug 26, 22:13

    West 34  Chugiak 23 West High School broke open a close game in the second quarter, then had to hang on thwarting a late rally against host Chugiak High School at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. The Eagles (2-1) took a 21-7 into the half as Qyntyn Pilcher found Turek Taylor for a 25-yard touchdown. The Mustangs […]

  • News

    Hiland Lullaby Project: Music to connect inmates and their children

    by Rhonda McBride on Aug 26, 22:04

    There’s something promising cooking at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center for women. The recipe is simple. You bring women together –- both inmates and local musicians –- to compose lullabies. The artists record the songs on a CD, along with a personal message from the inmates. The result? A way for inmates to connect with […]

  • News

    Child struck by car severely injured, expected to survive

    by Megan Edge on Aug 26, 21:22

    A child who was struck by a car Friday evening and suffered “sever injuries” is expected to survive, according to Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro. According to Castro, police were notified that the child was struck in a trailer court near Fiji Street and Tonga Street  at 8:15 p.m. The child was riding a […]

  • News

    Whale carcass continues to degrade near Kincaid Park

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 26, 20:29

    A humpback whale that washed ashore in Kincaid Park is still there. High tides that lapped at the shoreline below the bluffs, near the motor cross track, have failed to move the giant carcass. But in the nearly seven weeks since the whale washed up it has deteriorated considerably. Bones are showing and the body appears […]

  • News

    Back on track: Alaska Military Youth Academy cadets celebrate graduation

    by Eric Ruble on Aug 26, 20:19

    For the last 22 weeks, Brandon Brown didn’t have access to his phone or the internet. At the Alaska Military Youth Academy, he was also cut off from his old way of life. “Before I came to the academy, I was kind of like your typical slacker,” said Brown. “This place really turned me around.” […]

  • Sports

    AFC fights to gain exposure through deal with UFC

    by Dave Goldman on Aug 26, 19:09

    This week the Alaska Fighting Championship (AFC) signed a deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for UFC to carry AFC matches on its “Fight Pass” platform digitally. AFC also sold its video library to UFC. “We’re really excited to make this deal with UFC, it was obviously a game changer for my career,” said AFC president Sarah Lorimer. So it […]

  • Weather

    Last 70-degree day of 2016? This weekend may be summer’s last hurrah.

    by Melissa Frey on Aug 26, 17:25

    The warmest weekend this month is underway across Southcentral Alaska. Many locations in the Matanuska-Susitna area and places across the Kenai Peninsula reached the mid-70s Friday. The high temperature in Anchorage will be flirting with 70 degrees both Saturday and Sunday. Mostly sunny skies and dry conditions are also expected across Southcentral. Anchorage typically records […]