I took Ethan down to the park on Tokay this morning to get a little outdoor play time in before the heat got to be overwhelming, and ended up leaving earlier than I wanted to because the park was so thrashed. The aftermath of a 4th of July "celebration" was everywhere... bits of glass and melted plastic, empty fireworks containers, ash and burnt bits of paper, and tons of cigarette butts. I even found a few large, used bandages laying near the play area for the smaller children; what a lovely surprise that would be for someone's kid to find!
The fireworks that they set off on the slide have ruined it; the plastic melted and bucked up the slide so that if anyone goes down it, they could get a nasty scratch.
Way to be an upstanding citizen and member of this community, jerks!