What happens when over 3,000 people visit the Illia Dunes along the Snake River in one weekend? Apparently, things get messy. And according to reports, that's exactly the reason the dunes will not be open over Labor Day weekend.
As the Tri-City Herald reports, Army Corps of Engineers has closed Illia Dunes over safety concerns after the aforementioned 3,000-plus partiers left the popular recreation spot teeming with garbage.
As of right now, a date to reopen the dunes has not been announced, though it's likely to take park officials some time to get things back up to standard considering the substantial amount of trash that was left behind.
As the Tri-City Herald reports:
Large amounts of trash were scattered on the beach, broken bottles and beer cans were left in the water, refuse was strewn about the parking lots and litter was discarded along the roadway, creating potential health and safety hazards, according to the Corps.
"Our first objective is to clean up the area and to clear the swimming area of dangerous broken glass and debris," said Darren Opp, park manager, in a statement.
Not surprisingly, this isn't the first time litter and garbage have been identified as an issue at the Illia Dunes. As the Herald's story notes, visitors have long been asked to pick up after themselves, and the Army Corp of Engineers even provides complimentary garbage bags for that purpose ... which obviously aren't getting used.
"We simply do not have the resources to clean up after thousands of party-goers," Park Manager Darren Opp says in an Army Corp of Engineers statement. "This necessary closure is extremely unfortunate for visitors who appreciate these natural recreation areas and pick up after themselves."
No word on how much of the trash is made up of Bud Light Lime bottles.