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New Rules At SF Fort Mason After Last Year’s July 4th Trashing

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A mound of trash outside the restrooms at Fort Mason in San Francisco, July 5, 2012. (CBS)

A mound of trash outside the restrooms at Fort Mason in San Francisco, July 5, 2012. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) - Glass containers and kegs are no longer allowed at Fort Mason’s Great Meadow in San Francisco after the meadow was left littered with trash following last year’s Fourth of July celebration, a National Park Service spokeswoman said.

Park officials said holiday revelers last year left behind mounds of garbage including bottles — and even furniture — at the waterfront park, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

As a result, park officials are banning the glass containers and kegs while also adding more trash and recycle bins to avoid further problems.

“This kind of misuse is not acceptable,” GGNRA Superintendent Frank Dean said in a statement. “Parks are to be enjoyed by everyone, not trashed.”

Barbecue grills and charcoal have never been allowed at the Great Meadow and will continue to be banned, park officials said.

New signs have been installed at the park with information about the updated regulations.

“We expect people to respect the rules and take responsibility for cleaning up after themselves so they can continue to enjoy the parks in the future,” Dean said.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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