Man outraged by mess after hot weekend at busy Metro Vancouver river (VIDEOS)

May 15 2023, 6:45 pm

Sunburns aren’t the only awful aftermath of this weekend’s unseasonably scorching heat.

The most popular places to cool down saw hundreds of overheated residents descend upon them — but there seem to be lots of garbage grossness left in their wake.

That was the case in Maple Ridge by Davidson’s Pool’s Hot Rocks along the Alouette River, a favourite not-so-hiddenĀ treasure for floating and relaxing in the area.

Austin-Taylor Maschke, a Maple Ridge local, captured the major crowd over the weekend when temperatures hit in the high 20s ā€” something unheard of for the second week of May.

Maschke says it was obvious people didn’t respect the area and had left a ton of garbage.

“Whenever you come to Hot Rocks you gotta pick up your trash,” he said as he and a few others voluntarily packed up the refuse on both Sunday and Monday mornings.

“It’s bad. There’s like six garbage bags with the top full and that’s just from us locals picking the stuff up. So, do your part.”

He says the other concern was that people acted disrespectfully to others and he spotted people throwing glass bottles near children.

BC heat garbage

Austin-Taylor Maschke/Facebook

“There are many young kids that play here and every so often step on bottle caps and broken glass,” he said.

The city’s website encourages no glass bottles or containers for this spot.

If you want to read more about how to enjoy and tube this spot, head to this link but remember to clean up after yourselves!

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