Not so long ago, Vancouver’s Strathcona Park was home to a tent city. It took 18 months to clear the park.
A small community festival was held in celebration.
Bands were lively, playing music and celebrating the return of park life.
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Union Gospel Mission alumni also gathered in the park.
“We had a little softball game in the community with our barbecue,” said Jeffery Parsons.
“We just got here, a bunch of guys in recovery, we got Strathcona back and it’s all cleaned up.”
By ‘back’ Parsons means the restoration of Strathcona to a functioning park for all.
Community members walked the oval track where the previous controversial tented camp had stood.
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The vice president of the Strathcona Residents Association, Katie Lewis, is one of the locals who helped put it together.
“We’ve invited all kinds of community groups to come together for a party in the park,” Lewis said.
The festival was a hit, according to community members, a giant melting pot of diverse groups, something only a city like Vancouver can achieve, Lewis said.
The festival even had an eagle expert, Dave Hancock, who could educate people about the local eagle action.
“We have this eagle’s nest here now, we’ve been tracking it for 24 years,” Hancock said.
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