September 27, 2023
Tow time: Vancouver Park Board cracks down on car parking zone tenting

The times of tenting out in a single day in a single oceanfront car parking zone in Vancouver are over.

A serious crackdown this week noticed greater than two dozen parkers put of their place after they have been informed to maneuver on or face a tow on the Jericho Seaside car parking zone.

Of the 24 automobiles notified by Vancouver Park Board rangers, 19 of the drivers left voluntarily.

“Rangers waited till 5 pm yesterday to see if they might make contact with the occupants of the remaining automobiles. They heard from all however two, and proceeded civilly tows to authorized parking spots close by. These spots weren’t positioned on the road,” Vancouver Park Board spokesperson Amanda Gibbs mentioned Wednesday.

Tow time: Vancouver Park Board cracks down on car parking zone tenting

Jericho Seaside in Vancouver. (EJ Nickerson/Shutterstock)

By late Tuesday, 5 automobiles have been towed in complete.

“Illegally parked RVs will not be distinctive to Vancouver, and stay a difficult difficulty in lots of communities. Individuals residing in parked RVs achieve this for various causes – not all individuals residing in RVs take into account themselves as houseless or prone to houselessness. That mentioned, the Park Board is conscious that some automobiles are utilizing the parking heaps at metropolis seashores outdoors of those hours and has been working to coach customers that in a single day parking isn’t permitted inside parks,” Gibbs mentioned.

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Spanish Banks in October. (Arash Randjbar/Day by day Hive)

In October, Day by day Hive Urbanized spoke with some individuals who have been tenting out within the car parking zone at Spanish Banks, which is close to the Jericho Seaside car parking zone.

In current months, greater than 180 notices have been despatched to automobile house owners by officers notifying them that they aren’t allowed to park within the parking heaps between 10 pm and 6 am.

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(Arash Randjbar/Day by day Hive)

“Because the legislation enforcement are warning us, I haven’t parked. But it surely doesn’t cease me from coming again throughout the daytime,” Marcal Roag informed Day by day Hive Urbanized. “It received’t change the actual fact I need to maintain residing in my van.”

Roag informed Day by day Hive Urbanized he was sleeping in his automobile in a Level Gray neighbourhood in a single day and shifting to the car parking zone throughout the day as a substitute.

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Marcal Roag at Spanish Banks in October (Arash Randjbar/Day by day Hive)

Officers insist that they’re making an attempt to talk with these individuals immediately earlier than issues escalate to towing.

“All house owners got contact info for our Metropolis Outreach staff who join people with help companies for individuals experiencing houselessness or different challenges.”

Following the October crackdown at Spanish Banks, few RVs have been noticed within the car parking zone in a single day.

In line with liv.lease, the typical price of an unfurnished, one-bedroom unit for lease in Metro Vancouver is $2,227 per 30 days. The emptiness charge final 12 months was 0.9%, in response to Canadian Mortgage Housing Company.

With recordsdata from Arash Randjbar and Megan Devlin.