It’s enough garbage to fill a swimming pool, but the amount of disgust and concern is a lot bigger than that.
The amount of broken bottles, condoms, and used needles found by Vancouver Park Board cleanup crews in Stanley Park yesterday is calling into question what can be done.
“They found garbage items, liquor bottles, some discarded needles, and some other items that we obviously we don’t want clogging up in our park.”
Sarah Kirby-Yung admits the amount of drug abuse found in the park during yesterday’s spring cleaning is disturbing.
The message from the Park Board chair for the public seems to be if you see something, say something.
“We encourage the public to always be careful when they see anything like that. It could be a bio or safety hazard. Don’t clean them up yourself. Call 3-1-1 and we’ll send resources in to do that. But yes, it’s definitely a concern even though these are areas that are quite far into the park. But if you see something like that, call us and we’ll take care of it.”
Kirby-Yung says it’s not in her jurisdiction to comment if more safe injection sites would help limit the amount of dirty needles.
“Unfortunately sometimes you have these things happening in parks because they’re public spaces. Our job is to keep our public parks in good shape throughout the city for people to use them, but policy on safe injection sites aren’t the responsibilities of the Vancouver Park Board.”
About two dozen staff fast-tracked the spring clean up yesterday.