How long before Topaz can be opened?
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