Ecology’s Soil Safety Program has started construction work to replace contaminated soils at the playfields at Baltimore and Optimist parks in Tacoma. The former Asarco copper smelter in Tacoma contaminated 1,000 square miles with arsenic and lead from its smokestack.
Construction schedule and closed areas
|Baltimore Park maps showing closed and construction areas.|
|Optimist Park maps showing closed and construction areas|
At both parks, construction will continue through November. Also, the playfields will remain closed until summer of 2016 to protect the new grass and allow time for it to grow.
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Go Enjoy Vassault Park!
After the large 8-acre cleanup effort, Vassault Park re-opened to the public last week. Thanks for your patience during the longer-than-expected closure. The lawn is finally fully grown, healthy, and ready for use.
Questions about the cleanup?
Contact Ecology project manager Amy Hargrove at (360) 407-6262 or Amy.Hargrove@ecy.wa.gov.
Contact Metro Parks project manager Sarah Hamel at (253) 305-1056 or SarahH@tacomaparks.com.