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W.C. Reed Playfields Site

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Ginny Narsete
312-886-4359 or 800-621-8431, ext. 64359

For technical questions:
EPA On-Scene Coordinator
James Justice


(where to view written records)

Cleveland Public Library
Brooklyn Branch
3706 Pearl Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44109


W.C. Reed Playfields is a 12-acre Cleveland city park located in a residential area at the intersection of West 15th Street and Denison Avenue.

The city closed the park in December 2012 after soil tests found high levels of petroleum-based chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs. Sampling has shown that the contamination is located mainly within four feet of the surface soil.

Cleveland officials contacted EPA for assistance with the cleanup and have been working with EPA on a cleanup plan to address the contamination. After closing the park, the City erected a fence, but there are indications people still use the site.

EPA was asked to present information about the tentative cleanup plan in at a community meeting in March 2013. This meeting drew heavy interest from residents who expressed concerns about health effects from the pollution and the length of time the popular playfields would remain closed. Additionally, concerns were raised about plans to remove many of the park’s trees as part of the cleanup plan discussed.

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April 2014

EPA expects to begin a $3 million cleanup in mid-June 2014. The city should be able to reopen the park once the three-month cleanup is complete.

Soil sampling took place in fall 2013 on residential properties. The results were sent to those whose homes were tested. They were asked to attend an availability session on April 3, 2014 for one-on-one consultation about their results or other concerns.

There is still time for residents to get their yards sampled, but they should sign an access agreement in order to get their yards sampled.

The community will be kept informed on various stages of sampling and cleanup as it happens through informational meetings within the neighborhoods.

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