The cost of removing camps comes to nearly $ 2 million

Landscaping alone cost almost 800k

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After a tumultuous summer with police and city staff removing people from homeless camps set up and trampled on in public parks, the final bill is in.

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Figures released by the city of Toronto show that it spent nearly $ 2 million dollars on enforcement, fencing and landscaping in the process of reclaiming four parks.

The bill covers removal efforts at Lamport Stadium, Alexandra Park, Trinity Bellwoods and Moss Park, where at least 835 people had taken up residence during the pandemic.

Many of the homeless stuck in the city’s protection system as being insecure.

The clearing of the parks became a major summer hotspot.

Police used power July 21 against protesters who tried to prevent urban workers in moving people out of temporary shelters at Lamport Stadium.

Police said 26 people were arrested and charged with offenses that included assault with a weapon, assault on a peace officer and violation.

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Three officers were also injured during the July incident.

On Thursday, police announced that they had arrested a wanted man in connection with the outbreak of violence.

Skyler Lee Williams, 38, of Brantford, has been arrested and will be charged with non-compliance.

Police say 8 other people are still wanted in connection with a subsequent protest on July 21 outside the 14th Division after the camp flared up.

Putting the total cost together, the city also said the affected parks “needed extensive redevelopment.”

Eighty-four tons of structures and debris — including “contaminated grass, soil, and sand” —were removed from the parks.

The city split the cost to $ 792,668 “to restore landscaping in the three parks.”

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“Personnel costs associated with breach of enforcement, including contracted security costs,” added $ 840,127.

The fencing bill at three of the parks was about $ 357,000.

In announcing the final vote, the city said its enforcement “followed months of threats and intimidation from protesters targeting city staff working to help homeless residents find a safe, indoor shelter.”

Many people who live close to the parks say they have spent months pushing the city to do something about the camps.

Children’s summer day camps in Alexandra Park were closed due to the camp.

Its splash pad, pool, dry pad and rink including pop-up skateboard park and communal garden were also off limits.

At Lamport Stadium, no permits could be issued for the use of the sports field due to the structure of the property.

The city says the parks have reopened to all residents.

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