Police cleared out people who were staying on Cherry Creek and the South Platte River this week

“You can’t live there,” said DPD spokesman Sonny Jackson.
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The city on Thursday morning fined 36 people who were sleeping or staying along the Cherry Creek Trail, arresting nine of them for previous warrants, according to the Denver Police Department.

The tickets were for violating Denver's parks curfew. The greenways themselves remain open for use at night, but the city forbids staying near them between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

"You can’t live there," said DPD spokesman Sonny Jackson.

The action temporarily cleared out spots where homeless people often stay, allowing city crews to come and clean the area, according to Jackson. Public spaces tend to see much heavier usage during summer.

Nine people were arrested for prior charges, while the rest moved after they were ticketed, Jackson said. He did not know how large the fines were.

Also this week, police on Wednesday asked people to move vehicles and campsites from Arkins Court, where Westword reports about a dozen people were living.

Jackson would not say how many officers were involved, but said the Cherry Creek operation happened from 1 a.m. to about 5 a.m. A homeless outreach worker accompanied police in both actions. It's not clear where people went afterward.

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