Spearheaded by Toronto police’s 14 Division, the bike unit patrolled the Queen and Shaw streets park from early May to Sept. 1, handing out 1,625 verbal cautions along with pamphlets on park etiquette and 67 provincial offence notices at $125 each, a far cry from a City of Toronto bylaw ticket, which costs $360.

The project came about after a chaotic 2013 summer that left nearby residents annoyed and upset about the behaviour of parkgoers and overall disrespect for the area, Hogan said. Even City of Toronto park staff was at their wits end about the damage, vandalism and litter left behind after a weekend of illegal drinking in the park, he said.

“We had people riding motorcycles through here drunk, bringing in huge speakers, people urinating on people’s houses late at night, breaking things,” Hogan said. “It became a gong-show.”

See full article at InsideToronto.com

 

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