Vancouver park board issues new order to remove tents and shelters from Strathcona Park

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      Further measures are underway to remove a homeless encampment from an East Vancouver park, where it has been in place for about 10 months.

      The Vancouver Park Board announced today (March 30) that it has issued a general manager’s order for all tents, temporary shelters, and structures to be removed from the northeast corner of Strathcona Park by 10 a.m. on Thursday (April 8).

      This order is an extension of the previous one issued on February 10, which prohibits temporary shelters from the west side of the park.

      As remediation work in the west area of the park will soon be completed, the order is being extended into the northeast side to enable recreational activities, community programs, and other park operations to resume. 

      The order is under authority through the parks control bylaw.

      The City of Vancouver and B.C. Housing are attempting to move everyone sleeping in the park to indoor accommodations.

      After all individuals are moved from the northeast corner, park staff will be erecting a fence barrier to close the area for remediation work, which is anticipated to take about three to six weeks.

      New shelters are slated to be opened in the coming weeks, including two new locations at 875 Terminal Avenue and 15–27 West Hastings Street.

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