I was quite dismayed, but not surprised when I took my dog for a walk early Sunday morning to Bluff Ridge Park in Syracuse when I saw the litter that was strewn from one end of the park to the other. It actually resembled a pigsty. Of course, a colony of sea gulls were frolicking among the leftover nacho plates, straws, drank cups, soiled napkins, gum, water bottles, etc. Although much of the trash made its way to the four barrels, some of it did not, and it was obvious no one ensured the park was clean before leaving. Has no one heard of leaving the area like one found it?
I've been told a Syracuse city employee makes his rounds to the parks and picks up other people's trash. Do city council members consider this a wise use of taxpayers' dollars? I don't!
Three years ago, I collected a bag full of trash and presented it to the Syracuse City Council with the recommendation that the city collect a $25 deposit from the teams that use the park. The $25 would be returned if the park was clean; however, if it wasn't, then it would be forfeited.
It's obvious my suggestion fell on deaf earns with my past luck with the city council members (especially the three city council amigos--they know who they are) who believed nothing has changed with the water situation over the past 20 years. Are you kidding me? Therefore, they did nothing, but suggested watering restrictions. Consequently my neighbors continued to water, rain, sun or torrential downpour. So I won't waste my time telling them of the situation.
So, life goes on and nothing will change or improve. So when I and my grandchildren visit the park, I will read "The Three Little Pigs," and hopefully visions of "The Birds" will not remain as a result of the ambience that no one can find at Bluff Ridge Park in Syracuse.
Ja Dee Huber