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Vancouver Park Board holds clean-up blitz in Stanley Park

March 4 2016

Today, we made a conscious effort to go out and spruce up our most famous park,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

Vancouver’s crown jewel got an early spring cleaning today.

A seasonal clean-up blitz was fast tracked in 400-hectare Stanley Park as a result of recent citizens’ concerns. About two dozen Park Board staff, including Park Rangers and gardeners, removed enough junk to fill a medium sized swimming pool.

What was removed from the park 

From eight abandoned camps and elsewhere in the park, crews removed:

  • Garbage
  • Liquor bottles
  • Tents
  • Mattresses
  • Discarded needles

Rangers will return next week to identify further areas of concern and more clean-up will be done after that.

“The Park Board routinely maintains more than 230 parks across the city for cleanliness and safety. Today, we made a conscious effort to go out and spruce up our most famous park,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

Rangers routinely patrol the park

Rangers regularly patrol known hot spots in the forested areas of Stanley Park and all other park locations and remove debris and garbage. However, there are fewer rangers on the job in the winter than in the busier spring and summer seasons.

To maintain the safety and beauty of our parks, rangers regularly work with:

  • VPD Mounted Unit
  • VPD Homeless Liaison
  • Carnegie Outreach
  • Engineering Streets Transient crews
  • Coastal Health

Providing outreach to the homeless living in parks

The Park Ranger Homeless Liaison and VPD Homeless Liaisons work closely to provide outreach to homeless people living in city parks.

Report concerns about garbage in parks

Please call 3-1-1 or use the VanConnect app to report information or concerns about garbage in parks.

The Park Board, however, doesn’t encourage people to clean parks themselves as there could be bio-hazards and safety issues.

 

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