The Santa Cruz Police Department Parks Unit has been overwhelmed with the clean up of illegal campsites throughout the city, especially our open spaces. Our team spent a good deal of the summer and fall working on the illegal campsite abatement and environmental restoration.
In a 5 month period, 79,220 lbs of trash was pulled from our open spaces. This photo slideshow will give you an idea of the magnitude of the encampment issue. SCPD will continue to identify, safely restore and return open spaces to their intended use.
Please join us in thanking the dedicated women and men who work year round to protect the health and safety in our parks community. Thank you SCPD Parks Unit, SC Park Rangers,SCPD Community Service Officers, Santa Cruz Parks and Rec Department, and Public Works.