MPD sees rise in pushback during Bear Creek Greenway clean-ups

MEDFORD, Ore. —The massive Bear Creek Greenway clean-up project continues in Medford. But as the livability team works on more campsites, homeless advocates continue the fight.

Medford Police say it’s cleaned up 99 camps so far since the passage of the city’s prohibited camping ordinance. We’re told this week though, there was significant pushback, from people not wanting to leave.

The livability team says its removed 535 cubic yards of trash so far. That’s equal to almost 18, 30-yard dumpsters.

We’re told homeless advocates gathered outside this campsite Thursday.

“They brought a large contingent of our local homeless advocates down there to surround their camp and be out there, there was a lot of push back this week,” said Sgt. Kirkpatrick.

MPD says a total of 1 arrest has been made from the entire cleanup process, in just under 3 months.

Kirkpatrick says the team is going to continue its work to find other options for people.

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NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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