Vancouver police were called to Strathcona Park on Sunday morning to keep the peace as a group of people came to gather city staff who were destroying the now-vacant camp.
Police say a group of about 20 people came to the fence in the east direction of the park around 10 am and started breaking staff, including throwing garbage and heavy objects.
“There are people who are not necessarily aware of what we are doing and we respect it,” Park Board General Manager Donnie Rosa told Global News about the incident.
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“They are expressing their opinions and they have a role to play. We need to clean up the park so that we will do that, but we certainly respect that there is room for them in our society.”
Crews were busy with heavy equipment leaving abandoned tents, built structures and other items and debris on Sunday.
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The entire eastern part of the park is fenced-in and marked with signs that it is an active work area.
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In an email, a park board spokesman said the crew “faced additional challenges from some unauthorized individuals and groups entering the park and interfered with the work.”
Friday marked the end of nearly a year of old homeless deceit, as the last of more than 200 people were moved to transitional housing or indoor shelter locations.
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The park board says that those who were sheltering in the park were offered some kind of place.
“We are moving the way we are. We are seeing progress,” Roja said.
“I am happy that more than 200 people are sleeping inside the house. This is what I am happy about. Am i happy where we are Not necessary.”
Police said they and park employees exited the site on Sunday afternoon, and no arrests were made.
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