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The Goldstream Provincial park campground has reopened on Friday, two weeks after the roving tent city that had set up camp there were ordered to leave the grounds.

The park opened up at about 8 a.m. on October 19th, after being closed since September 20th when West Shore RCMP closed the gates to the public.

They did so because a group of about 30 homeless campers had set up their tents at the Goldstream park campgrounds after a Supreme Court injunction order and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure trespass notice forced them to relocate from various prior locations in Saanich.

The campers were originally told that they would have to leave the park on September 20th, but were then told by the Province that they could stay on the grounds for two weeks and leave by October 2nd.

However the campgrounds were not reopened right away, as Ministry of Environment was concerned about needles and potential soil contamination after a preliminary inspection.

The clean up was completed on Thursday, October 18th, and grounds have now been reopened to the public.

The costs of the cleanup have not been revealed yet.

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