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South end residents say local park unusable

A number of community groups in Nanaimo say they’ve had enough.
The South End Community Association, Samaritan House, the Mid-Island Community Development Co-op and many community volunteers spent a great deal of time, effort and money to develop the Food Forest and are now no longer able to use it.
That’s because, according to the South End Community Associations’ Sandy McLellan, after a homeless encampment behind an abandoned hotel was taken out, the homeless moved into their community park on Haliburton Street….
McLellan says the park is littered with garbage, discarded needles, and human waste, making it unfit for use by members of the community.
He says they are also experiencing an increase in incidents of theft in the neighbourhood now.
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