To the editor:
My dogs and I enjoy a stroll around the Campanile and Potter Lake and have walked there frequently for six or seven years, but I was disturbed during my walk recently as I witnessed all the broken plastic sleds and pieces littering the hillsides, along with cardboard and trash can lids. Honestly, I can say it is typical that there may be a few scattered pieces lying around the past few snow seasons, but it was incredibly littered showing nothing but irresponsibility and lack of respect for those who enjoy using the campus hills to sled or ski and even snowboard. I don’t normally see trash bags full of empty cans and containers lying around, not to mention stray cans and empty food containers. Please be considerate and pick up the items you take with you when you are playing on the hillsides of our beautiful campus, if for no other reason than to say “thank you” to those who choose to allow you to spend time playing in the snow.
I grew up in Lawrence and attended all the levels of school including KU and have spent many a winter sledding down the hills of this campus, as have my children, never considering for one moment that I or my children would leave our items or trash behind. Parents, I would imagine the campus crews would appreciate your speaking with your children who go there unattended and asking them to respect others property and clean up after themselves.