How long be­fore Topaz can be opened?

Times Colonist - - Comment -

The prov­ince, in con­cert and with the full sup­port of the City of Victoria, placed hun­dreds of peo­ple from the street in Topaz Park by mid-April.

The re­sult was chaos and as most Vic­to­ri­ans know, place­ment for many of those in Topaz across the street into the ho­tel for­merly known as the Com­fort Inn. As re­ported by the Times Colonist, Topaz Park was va­cated on or about May 20.

Since May 20, the south area of the park, in­clud­ing the en­tire south field, wash­rooms, dog park and chil­dren’s play area, have been fenced off due to un­safe con­di­tions.

The City of Victoria has told me that B.C. Hous­ing is re­spon­si­ble for the re­me­di­a­tion and cleanup of the park. B.C. Hous­ing has told me that work will be­gin soon.

Will it be weeks or months un­til the park opens? If any­one knows, they are not say­ing.

In the mean­time, the B.C. gov­ern­ment, B.C. Hous­ing and the City of Victoria were able to pur­chase mul­ti­ple ho­tels to house the peo­ple who were camp­ing at Topaz (and other parks). This hap­pened quickly and cost mil­lions of dol­lars.

Yet Topaz Park con­tin­ues to be closed. Surely the cost to re­me­di­ate Topaz Park is a frac­tion of what has been spent on ho­tels such as the Com­fort Inn.

Fur­ther, it begs the ques­tion: When campers are re­moved from Bea­con Hill and the city/prov­ince com­plete the re­me­di­a­tion work, will all ar­eas of Bea­con Hill be fenced off? How long will this take?

Jeff Peters Victoria

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