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null City works with Belle Park campers to address needs

May 22, 2020 -

The City of Kingston is moving forward with a plan to meet the various needs of people camping at Belle Park.

“Through Street Outreach and Addictions and Mental Health Services, we have learned more about the specific needs of individual campers and have developed a plan to accommodate as many needs as possible,” says Lanie Hurdle, the City’s CAO. She notes that Belle Park is located on an old landfill site and is not suitable for camping. Camping is not a permitted activity in any city park. Staff will work on transitioning the people currently camping out of parks by June 5, at which time the City will no longer allow any camping in city parks.

Here are the main components of the City’s plans, developed in collaboration with community partners:

  • Continuing to offer shelter: Campers will continue to be offered individual rooms at existing shelters, which have the capacity to accommodate them and have been underused.
  • Continuing to provide day services – Drop-in services will continue to be offered at In From the Cold Shelter where amenities such as showers and laundry facilities can be accessed on an as-needed basis.
  • Working to establish counselling services: With support of key community partners, the City is working to establish a drop-in counselling service for people who require such support.
  • Relocating to suitable campgrounds: Once the Province lifts restrictions on campgrounds, the City will work with local campgrounds to provide people with the opportunity to camp for the season at a location that provides washrooms, showers and potable water. They will be provided with proper tents, sleeping bags and other equipment if required. There will also be ongoing support services made available.

Self-isolation shelter spaces to shift

Due to the limited number of COVID-19 cases in the Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington region, the City is shifting its self-isolation spaces and will relocate the Kingston Self-Isolation Centre at the end of May where services will continue to be offered.

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