REDDING, Calif. - Redding Police cleaned up Riverside Park Tuesday which had recently been a magnet for illegal camping.
Police and volunteers from the community group Shasta Support Service cleaned up belongings and trash left behind by people who had been living in the park.
The city's revised camping ordinance took effect over the weekend.
That in combination with the weather prompted many people to leave.
“Typically in these camps, once they are vacated there will be hundreds if not thousands of pounds of just trash left over,” police lieutenant Pete Brindley said. “So that's where our community cleanup folks and volunteers will come down and take the stuff to the dump.”
He says people were given seven days notice that the new rules would be taking effect.
During that time representatives from Hill Country Health and Wellness and the Good News Rescue Mission tried to connect people to services to help them during the transition.
The cleanup was part of a citywide effort Tuesday to target quality-of-life crimes throughout the city.