Legion Park | International Coastal Cleanup 2019
The 34th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day is harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash! Join us for the world's largest, one-day volunteer effort for our oceans and waterways, and show your commitment to reducing marine debris, along with volunteers from across the globe!
VolunteerCleanup.org organizes Miami-Dade’s local participation in this global event with 40+ simultaneous shoreline cleanups around the county and is made possible by the generous support of our sponsor Covanta, with additional support from Capital One Café, Wells Fargo, and Miami Beach Suncare.
We will provide garbage bags, data collection cards, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a souvenir tote bag with this year’s marine animal theme, the Pelican!
Community Service hours also provided. Where possible, please have guests in your party RSVP individually so we can ensure they get all the information and details about the event and so that we can accurately plan for turnout.
Our Legion Park cleanup will focus specifically on the rocky shore, where debris is trapped during rising and falling tides. With a large enough turnout, we can also work on the immediately surrounding streets and boat launch area where some of the land-based debris originates.
Legion Park has limited free parking (approx. 40 spaces) inside of the park accessible from NE 64th Terrace. When that is full, there is nearby street parking paid through an application. There is also a Citibike station in front of the park and many bus stops along Biscayne Blvd.
A table will be set up for check-in in front of the community building on the east side of the park. The Upper Eastside farmer's market will also be taking place on the west side of the park from 9am - 2pm, and we encourage volunteers to visit after the event.
- RSVP individually so we can ensure you get all the information and details about the event and can accurately plan for turnout.
- Dress for the weather (we have partial shade but it will likely be a warm morning - bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen for protection!)
- Wear closed-toes shoes as the shoreline is rocky.
- Bring gloves if you have them (reusable working, gardening or dish gloves from the grocery store/home depot cut down on waste!) We will have some onsite but cannot guarantee your size!
- Bring water in a reusable container. Let’s reduce waste and refuse single-use disposable plastic water bottles, where possible.
- Volunteers must check-in and sign waivers before any materials (bags, cards, or gift bags can be distributed) Online waiver here: https://forms.gle/qSNK5tWk2n68tmWB7
- **If you are under 18 and coming without a parent or guardian, you must have a parent/guardian sign the waiver form in advance
- Bring required paperwork if you want to certify volunteer hours
People of all ages are welcome! There is a playground in the park near the cleanup area and/or children are encouraged to participate. Please note young children should be supervised and parents or guardians will be responsible for their safety.
About the International Coastal Cleanup:
Scientists estimate that more than 17 billion pounds of plastic enter our ocean every year threatening marine life from corals polyps to sharks, the health of people, and local economies
Over the past 34 years, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup has brought together nearly 13 million people from over 150 countries to collect nearly 250 million pounds of trash along our coastlines and waterways.
Every year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers comb lakes, rivers, and beaches around the world for trash picking up everything imaginable along the world’s shorelines: cigarette butts, food wrappers, abandoned fishing gear and even automobiles and kitchen appliances.
By volunteering at ICC, you will be actively participating in a global citizen science project, not only by removing marine debris but by also cataloging and tallying what you find using the Ocean Conservancy’s data collection cards or Clean Swell app. The resulting item-by-item, location-by-location Ocean Trash Index that Ocean Conservancy compiles each year provides the only global snapshot of the marine debris littering coasts and waterways around the world.
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