Vancouver Park Board to clear half of Strathcona homeless camp in bid to reclaim park

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Vancouver Park Board is reclaiming half of Strathcona Park where a large homeless encampment was set up several months ago.

A notice posted along fencing at the park dated Feb. 10 gives campers until 10 a.m. next Wednesday, Feb. 17 to have their items, shelters, tents, and structures removed from the west side of the park. It says “No temporary shelters permitted” in that portion of Strathcona Park, which is greyed out on a map featured on the notice.

A rare good news day in Strathcona. @dlr9 reclaims west 1/2 of park for everyone’s eventual use. Displaced campers apparently offered indoor spaces. Chrissy Brett pleased with extra security of new perimeter fencing. Win-win-win, it seems. But why did it take so long? #vanpoli pic.twitter.com/bRXDXFbgUQ

— Jamie Maclaren QC (@A2JamieMac) February 11, 2021

The order from the general manager of the Park Board says the move is being taken to allow the Park Board to “remediate and return this area to recreational use and programming for all park users.”

It’s not exactly clear why this is being done now but the move comes just more than a week after one of two murder suspects was arrested in the park.

The so-called park “leader” was arrested at the encampment in connection with a shocking home invasion and assault of a senior at her home near Queen Elizabeth Park on Jan. 31. The 78-year-old died of her injuries just days later.