Sometimes, a walk in the park or a run on the beach is just what the doctor ordered. But even the smallest piece of trash can take away from that experience. That’s why AMC has dedicated time every summer to an annual beach and park cleanup—to ensure our beautiful state stays beautiful and feels like home.

Join us for our beach and park cleanup in Anaheim on July 25. This year’s cleanup may look different, but we can still gather in spirit to beautify our community. Here is how a beach and park cleanup helps everyone, how to plan, and how to keep yourself and others safe.

Help Yourself and Others with a Beach and Park Cleanup

In addition to protecting wildlife, clean beaches and parks are a boon to local economies. According to the Marine Debris Program, “Reducing marine debris even by 25 percent at beaches in and near Orange County could benefit residents roughly $32 million during three months in the summer.”

Best of all, for those of us who’ve struggled emotionally and mentally during quarantine, a beach and park cleanup can lift our spirits. One study found that beach activities improve moods, while beach cleanups have the added benefit of “higher marine awareness.”

Plan Your Beach and Park Cleanup

Circle July 25—or any day in July that works for you—on your calendar, and start preparing. The worst thing would be to cut your beach and park cleanup short because you forgot the necessary supplies. Water and sunscreen should top your list, but bring the following as well:

  • Gloves
  • Trash bags for normal waste
  • Paper bags for yard waste and recyclables
  • Brooms, dustpans, and buckets for cigarette butts and glass
  • First aid kit

Follow Safety Regulations

COVID-19 has changed how we do just about everything these days, and your cleanup is no exception. Limit your group to your immediate family or roommates. If other people do come, follow CDC guidelines by keeping your distance and avoiding close contact. And don’t forget California’s mask mandate: Wear your mask “when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.”

Our beaches and parks do so much to make our state beautiful. Let’s ensure they stay that way.

Join us for our beach and park cleanup on July 25, or anytime during the month of July! Tag Villa Serrano in your photos and use the hashtags #AMCcleanup and #livehappy so we can see what you’ve done. Our community’s looking better already!