BABA Members Clean up the Beach and Park on May 10
Meet Bob Brownlee – New Beverly Triton Park Ranger
BABA volunteers and some friends from the kiting community got together on May 10 for a beach and park clean-up at Beverly Triton. BABA heeded the call from the neighborhood volunteers and spent an hour picking up glass and metal debris from the back of the park.
We found the beach was relatively free of trash but there were a lot of logs to clear so they didn’t wash back into the bay and become serious hazards to windsurfers, kiters and boaters. Big shout out to Tom Caswell, Bob Catzen, Warren Evans, Kei Imai, Matt Lestina, Guillaume Vernieres, Gordon Wells and our new kiting friends Joe Boyle and daughters Cassie and Julianna, Tim Feeney and Mehdy Rad.
New Ranger Bob Brownlee was grateful for our help and happy to meet some park users. Originally from the west coast, Bob migrated here 5 years ago after a layoff. He and his wife will live in the house at the park after some repairs are completed. He’s the father of 2 grown girls, an ex police officer and a retired California park ranger who loves the water, people and life. He brings lots of great ideas for the park and community.
“I’m looking forward to learning about the community needs, environmental issues, school programs and outings that we as a community can put together. Can’t wait to meet you all!!! Oh… I just might have to try that boarding thing you do out there.”
BABA also received a very generous note of appreciation from the community:
I would like to thank you in particular and Anne Arundel County in general for helping Shari Thompson Cornell with the recent cleanup of Beverly Beach Park. Our neighborhood backs up to the park but our access to the nice trail system and the water views has been limited by debris and overgrowth. Last weekend’s work was a very good start to ensuring we and our children can walk to a beautiful park without dashing down a dangerous, shoulderless road.
I would also like to thank and recognize the Baltimore Area Boardsailing Association. Although our trail was very far from the beach access, BABA showed up in numbers and contributed hard work to our efforts. It is clear that BABA values access for all park users and is willing to put in the work to ensure it. We all benefit from the active engagement of groups like BABA and would like to express our appreciation.
Beverly Triton Beach faces SE so it’s a great launch for wind from the S or SW, and you don’t need a permit to sail there. You can drive in and drop off your gear at the beach but you must park back by the fence. Have fun, don’t sail alone, and say hi to Ranger Brownlee next time you’re at BT.