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Former Landfill Transformed into Public Park

Picture of a number of people gathered for the Grand Opening Ceremonies.
View behind a fence at the baseball field with players during a game.

A former landfill has been turned into a public park through EPA’s Superfund Redevelopment Initiative. Timothy H. Osmond Memorial Park in Antioch, Illinois held its grand opening on April 19, 2008. The park, named for a longtime Antioch resident and former member of the Illinois State Legislature, features a playground, little league baseball fields, tennis courts, and a pavilion. Future plans for the park include soccer fields, football fields, a concession stand, and a Frisbee golf course. The landfill is also providing methane to heat the local high school.

EPA Region 5 first began discussing reuse of the 121 acre H.O.D. Superfund site with the surrounding community in 1998. In 2002, construction of an energy system that would use methane gas from the landfill to provide electricity and heat to Antioch Community High School began. This energy system was ultimately deemed so successful that it was included as a case study in McGraw-Hill’s "Sustainable Energy System Engineering" textbook. Also in 2002, a Superfund Redevelopment Initiative grant was awarded to redevelop the site. In 2005, the H.O.D. site became the first Superfund site in the Midwest to be officially declared ready for reuse.

More information about EPA’s Superfund Redevelopment Initiative is available online.

More information about the H.O.D. Landfill site can be found on EPA Region 5’s H.O.D. Landfill fact sheet.


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