PHOTOS: Cleanup at Esplanade Park extensive

City crews collected 1,200 used and discarded syringes from Esplanade Park on Dec. 2. (City of Penticton photo)
Couches, makeshift stairs, garbage, mattresses and other waste was also gathered by the crew. (City of Penticton photo)
Couches, makeshift stairs, garbage, mattresses and other waste was also gathered by the crew. (City of Penticton photo)
Couches, makeshift stairs, garbage, mattresses and other waste was also gathered by the crew. (City of Penticton photo)
After crews completed a cleanup of the area. (City of Penticton photo)
After crews completed a cleanup of the area. (City of Penticton photo)
A sign left in the park. (City of Penticton photo)
A city of Penticton worker hauls a load of material down an embankment at Esplanade Park during ongoing clean-up work Monday. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Removal of trash from the city-owned Esplanade Park that began last week continued on Monday. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Municipal workers load more garbage into a city truck at Esplanade Park Monday. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Photos released by the City of Penticton show just how extensive the cleanup at Esplanade Park last week was.

The Western News previously reported that a city crew collected 1,200 used and discarded syringes from a downtown park after a large homeless encampment was moved out.

LOOK BACK: 1,200 used syringes found during clean up of Penticton’s Esplanade Park

The cleanup of the park and the immediate surrounding area resulted in the eviction of multiple campers and the removal of a significant amount of waste.

In addition to the syringes that were picked up, couches, makeshift stairs, garbage, mattresses and other waste was gathered by the crew of 12 city staff.

The crew spent seven hours on this task on Dec. 2, and work is still ongoing and will continue into next week, according to city hall.

The refuse cleared from the area will be brought down from the hillside to the beach area, where the fire department will burn it, likely in the spring.


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