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Presque Isle Beach Cleanup A Big Success

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More than 800 community members got together Saturday for a big spring cleaning effort at Presque Isle State Park.

The volunteers started bright and early, to make sure the region's top natural resource is in tip top shape.

8-year-old, Tiffany Dickinson, was one of the youngest volunteers cleaning up the beaches.

"I want to keep the earth safe and healthy for the animals to live in," she said.

The volunteers grabbed gloves, vests and garbage bags before heading out to collect trash and debris.

Ethel Freeman, of Harborcreek, loves enjoying the beaches so she thought it would only be right to help clean them up.

"I came out because I love the peninsula, I love what they do out here and the opportunity that we have to enjoy this beautiful place," said Ethel Freeman.

This is the 58th annual spring clean up event.  Organizers know people are passionate about keeping Erie's top tourist attraction, in top shape.

 "We're cleaning up just about every inch of Presque Isle State Park," said Environmental Educator, Stacey Marendt.  "You're helping the wildlife and the environment but you're also helping the park look nice for the upcoming season," she said.

A tire in the water and a few dirty diapers were among the most unusual items volunteers found, but most of the trash was plastic bottler and cigarette butts.

This year, organizers asked volunteers to put cigarette butts into a separate bag.

Park officials hope to open Presque Isle beaches, Memorial Day weekend.

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