Recreation: Supporting Healthy, Fun Activities
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.
- Recreational Uses at Superfund Sites Handout: This fact sheet highlights recent recreational reuse success stories from around the country.
- Webinar – Reusing Superfund Sites for Recreational Purposes: This webinar takes an in-depth look at several Superfund sites in recreational reuse. It also discusses SRI tools and resources available to support communities interested in pursuing recreational reuse opportunities.
- Webinar – Aligning Remedies with Reuse: From Superfund Sites to Soccer Fields: This webinar focuses on soccer field reuses at Superfund sites nationwide and discusses available SRI tools and resources to support sports field reuse opportunities.
- Technical Reuse Reports: SRI also publishes detailed technical information on how Superfund sites have been safely reused for various purposes, including for recreational purposes, while ensuring that the protectiveness of site remedies is maintained.
Recreation Reuse Examples
Continued recreational use and new recreational reuse site examples are listed on the Green Space Reuse Type Page.