City of Abbotsford staff remove wood structure from parking lot

As per judge's ruling on Friday, staff take down structure when deadline is reached on Monday afternoon.

Crews from a hazmat company are shown Monday afternoon at Jubilee Park as they clean up the site after it was vacated

Crews from a hazmat company are shown Monday afternoon at Jubilee Park as they clean up the site after it was vacated

The wood structure located on a parking lot adjacent to Jubilee Park was removed by city staff today (Monday) just after 2 p.m., in accordance with a B.C. Supreme Court judge’s ruling on Friday.

The structure, which was erected Dec. 10 by volunteers using donated plywood, was put in place to offer shelter to some of the homeless people who had been camping in Jubilee Park since Oct. 22.

The occupants left the structure a few days later and returned to Jubilee Park.

On Friday, Justice James Williams granted an injunction to the City of Abbotsford for the shelter to be dismantled – either by the volunteers who had set it up or, if that wasn’t done by 2 p.m. today, by city staff.

Williams emphasized that this must be done without damaging the plywood.

At 2:02 p.m., about eight city workers took down the structure and loaded the plywood onto several trucks. The wood will now be placed in storage at the public works yard until the owners are able to claim it.

Meanwhile, a crew from a hazmat company spent the day cleaning up garbage and personal items left behind by the dozen or so occupants who vacated Jubilee Park on Saturday, after a judge granted an injunction to the City of Abbotsford.

Three containers were placed on site to load salvageable property, while garbage was placed in a dumpster. The items taken from the site have been placed in secure storage until Jan. 20. Anyone wanting to make a claim for materials left at the park is asked to contact the City of Abbotsford at 604-504-4217 and state they are requesting access to the parks department storage container at Jubilee Park.

Clean-up of the park is expected to be complete by the end of tomorrow (Tuesday), but further work is required on the grounds before the park can be re-opened to the public.

(Photo below: City staff removed a wooden structure in a parking lot next to Jubilee Park and are moving the plywood, shown here loaded onto one of several trucks, into storage.)

Just Posted

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Kalyn Head, seen here on June 4, 2021, will be running 100 kilometres for her “birthday marathon” fundraiser on July 23. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Woman’s 100-km birthday marathon from Chilliwack to Abbotsford will benefit Special Olympics B.C.

Kalyn Head hopes run raises awareness, advocates for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities

Dancers from the Sts’ailes First Nation perform the eagle dance at a welcome banner dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 10. “Ey Swayel” is a Halq̓eméylem term translated as ‘a good day.’ (Adam Louis/Observer)
VIDEO: ‘A good day’ for Agassiz school as Sts’ailes welcome banner is dedicated

Banner hangs above the school’s entrance, welcoming students, staff and visitors

Missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs was found deceased on Thursday evening (June 17).
Body of missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs found

Hobbs was reported missing Monday after leaving his job site in Langley

UFV athletes were honoured for their strength and perseverance during the pandemic. (UFV photo)
Fraser Valley athletes recognized in year without sports

UFV Cascades athletes honoured for strength shown during the pandemic

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Surrey Fire Service battled a dock fire along the Fraser River late Friday night (June 18). It was on Musqueam Drive, near Industrial Road, around 10:45 p.m. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
VIDEO: Fire engulfs pier on Surrey side of the Fraser River

Dock has reportedly been unused for a long time

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

People in Metro Vancouver can expect to experience a short wave of heat just in time for Father’s Day, according to Environment Canada. (Black Press Media files)
Short-lived heatwave headed for Metro Vancouver this weekend

Temperatures are expected to be up to 10 degrees higher than average Sunday and Monday

Most Read