Park visitors need to have pride in their green spaces

Thetis Lake Park example a poor one for temporary resident

I am pursuing my master’s degree at Royal Roads University.

As Thetis Lake is a place with serenity close to my doorstep, I enjoy riding my bike around the lake. I meditate on a hill on one edge of the lake, which is one of my favourite spots.

On my visits to the lake the last few weeks, I found the place where I sit to meditate surrounded for about 20 metres by plastic bottles, cigarette butts, polyethylene bags, pop cans and other trash.

I voluntarily collect the trash every time I visit that spot and have observed that the scattered debris is increasing day by day. Now every time I go to meditate at my spot I also collect the trash and dump it in one of the bins on my way home.

But what about the other places? I am not sure if this trash is entering the water body, but if it does, the consequences definitely will not be in favour of humans and nature.

While entering Thetis Lake Park, one can notice a sign board which says “$200 fine on Alcohol consumption,” however, I didn’t see any trash bins or public notice for proper disposal of trash in and around the park.

Let’s give life and meaning to the phrase “Beautiful British Columbia.”

Vikram Karkhanis

Colwood