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Recreation: Supporting Healthy, Fun Activities

Superfund Redevelopment:
Innovation in Action
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Recreational reuses at the Lexington County Landfill Area Superfund site in South Carolina include "the Coop," a 9-acre practice facility for the University of South Carolina’s golf teams.

Recreation opportunities located on Superfund sites include parks, playgrounds, trails, picnic areas, bird watching, sports fields, fishing ponds, model airplane flying fields, snow tubing, ice rinks and golf courses, to name a few. Through 2012, more than 200 Superfund sites are in planned or actual recreational reuse.

Innovative “green” designs distinguish some of these reuses. Some incorporate key site features and parts of remedies, such as recreational trails that help cap remaining waste on site. Others work with remedies that are already in place, providing opportunities to enhance protectiveness and harness new sources of energy. In all cases, these approaches seek to maximize public health and environmental benefits for communities.

Additional Resources

Recreation Reuse Examples

Continued recreational use and new recreational reuse site examples are listed on the Green Space Reuse Type Page.