City removes truckloads of garbage from Esplanade Park

Big haul out of Esplanade

Workers with the City of Penticton spent most of Monday hauling several truckloads of garbage and debris out of Esplanade Park.

Bylaw supervisor Tina Siebert says they filled three dumpster bins, two garbage trucks and four pickup trucks with a wide range of discarded items.

“Furniture, book cases, stairs, propane tanks, mattresses… a bunch of old food, sharps, things like that,” she said. "You name it, it was there."

Siebert says the vast majority of the items were abandoned, left behind by people formerly living in the woods who have now likely found shelter at Burdock House or the cold-weather shelter. She said just “a couple” people still appear to be living in the park.

“It sounds like for the most part, its pretty clean now, but there are a couple [sites] further in that we are going to have to get at down the road,” Siebert said, explaining they are hoping to clear out all the encampments before a heavy snowfall. 

Esplanade Park has been a popular camping spot for the homeless for many years, with the City of Penticton conducting similar cleanups about twice a year.

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