The City of Kelowna shut down a growing downtown tent city Tuesday morning and told people who had been living there they can set up camp at two parks a few kilometres away…

Kelowna’s shelters are full, which sparked the city to designate Leon Avenue earlier this year as a space where people could legally set up tents, but the fire department has now deemed the encampment “too hazardous,” prompting Tuesday’s move to the two designated parks…

The early morning announcement was a surprise for people living in the encampment, as well as for people living near the two parks near Knox Mountain, with some saying the city is just moving the problem from one area of town to another.

“It’s not a solution to any problem. It just shifts it over to us,” said Brent Smith, owner of the Knox Mountain Market, which is near both parks.