Here’s The Poop On That Longshore Trash Can

It looks like another gorgeous view of the entrance to Longshore:

Longshore entrance

But look closely next to the stone pillar. See the green trash can?

Before you go all WTF on Parks and Rec, you should know this: It’s only there for the winter. With the golfers’ red trash receptables stowed for the season, this is a way for dog walkers to dispose of the little blue “gift bags” they carry (we hope) while strolling near the beach.

Now that we all know they’re there, there’s no excuse for cleaning up after Fido — then casually dumping his dumpings wherever.

11 responses to “Here’s The Poop On That Longshore Trash Can

  1. Denise Michalowski

    I implore people to pick up after their dogs. I was very dismayed to go to Winslow park for the first time this week with my dog and find so much poop littering the fields. I watched a man ignore his dogs mess so I pointed out to him the need to keep the park clean. He chose to continue to ignore the mess and shouted obscenities at me instead. There are poop bags and trash cans at the park making it so easy. It is such a privilege to have this space where the dogs can play but I for one will not be going back. It was a disgusting disappointment in the town that I really love.

    • Winslow Park is a dog toilet. What did you expect. It was purchased by the town at the behest of the planners, seers, and guessers who thought $10 million for a dog toilet was just what the town needed. It was not as if dogs lacked for a place to defecate; they have Compo Beach and most of the athletic fields in town as well.

  2. As one of the stewards at the Haskins Preserve, I have confronted people who have left “the little blue bags” and those who simply let their dogs poop and leave it there for nature to workout. Although, most of the dog owners are polite and responsible, others are well…simply self entitled…Well fill in the expletive and it starts with an A and ends with an S…These public spaces are for everyone to enjoy…and flinging poopbags into the brush and leaving it for others to pickup…says a lot about them as individuals in general.

  3. Let me preface this by noting that we pick after our dog when we walk her. On the other hand, I suppose one might ask why this is really necessary given that poop, of course, is biodegradable not to mention an “organic” fertilizer. We have deer and rabbit poop all over the place (like in my yard where the dog seems to think it is some sort of treat) with folks pretty much OK with no one picking that up and/or stepping in it from time to time. Don’t even get me started with the horses. What’s wrong with a little more nature?

    • Diseases… Of course they are “natural.”

    • Unless your dog is a vegetarian, which I highly doubt…carnivores generally do not degrade at the same rate and do not provide anywhere near the biodiversity of organic matter that rabbits, squirrels and deer produce. I had a neighbor who was thoughtless enough to dispose of her dogs waste right on our property line next to our sunroom! She used the same argument. It piled up and smelled…well…like crap until she reluctantly removed it. It does not take all that much more effort to pick it up and throw it away in a responsible manner. As well, think about the bottoms of people’s shoes… Is it fair that they have to clean you dogs crap off the bottoms?

    • Extending the Macdaid theory, perhaps we should start leaving behind all our banana peels & orange rinds as well. ? ; )

  4. Winslow park which, but for its purchase by the Baron would be a strip mall, drains to the various branches of Dead Mans Brook. Dead Man’s Brook, as most residents around here know, is a tributary of the Saugatuck River. To the dismay of many, the park lacks all but the most basic maintenance interventions. “Trails” are ad hoc, and even wander far onto property not presently controlled or owned by the Town of Westport. In many areas of the park, owing to mismanagement and overuse, the entire layer of topsoil has been lost. Add to this the matter of pet waste and one can imagine why it could present more than a mere quality of life issue. Bacterial contamination, nitrogen loading, road salt, heavy metals, silt and other suspended solids are, collectively, a growing problem for everything living at the bottom of the massive Saugatuck River watershed – and Long Island Sound. Water quality, the growing scourge of hypoxia and other matters are more serious than I suspect is commonly known.

  5. The solution to pollution is dilution.
    Hope the aquifers hold up.