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Tremont Field Site

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October 2017 Update

U.S. EPA started the environmental cleanup field work at Tremont Field Site, also known as Clark Fields Park on October 24th.  At the end of September, the U.S. EPA held an open house meeting at Pilgrim Congregational Church on W. 14th Street in the Tremont neighborhood to provide information about the cleanup. During this public availability meeting the City shared its renovation plans for the park and the County provided updates about the Tow Path Trail project, adjacent to the park.
               
To mitigate the contamination threat at the Tremont Field Site, EPA will install of a two-foot thick soil barrier on top of contaminated portions of the park. In addition, EPA will take the following actions:

1.  Develop and implement a Site Health and Safety Plan, a Site Security Plan, an Air Monitoring and Sampling Plan, and a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.
2.  Excavate and re-grade impacted areas for the installation of a soil barrier.
3.  Install drainage along the Site's perimeter as needed.
4.  Install marking layer over contaminated areas
5.  Characterize, excavate, and dispose of soils and debris as needed.
6.  Decontaminate heavy equipment as necessary, and appropriately dispose of decontamination water;
7.  Perform Site restoration, including, but not limited to grading and backfilling;

EPA anticipates that the entire project will take 6-9 months of field activities, but this work may need to be phased over the course of multiple years.

Site Description

Tremont Field Site is a 41.5-acre public park located northeast of the intersection of West 11th Street and Clark Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. Through two deed transfers in 1948 and 1949, the city acquired the site from the United States Government. The city acquired the land to be used as a public park.

In the past, the park consisted of five baseball diamonds, one football field surrounded by a cinder track, a playground, one dog park, grass fields and an asphalt parking lot.  The city  is planning to a number of upgrades to the park in the future.

Tremont Field Site Boundary Map

Site Background

In 2013 and 2014 the city conducted environmental assessments as part of the procedure to perform improvements to the park and found high concentrations of lead, arsenic,  and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) present in the soil.

On February 23, 2016, based on the results of the environmental investigations, the city requested that the EPA assist in conducting a removal action at the site. On August 31, 2016, EPA signed an Action Memorandum (22pp, 2.58MB, About PDF) to conduct the removal action.

West of the site there are residential properties bordering the park. On the eastern side of the park there are packaging warehouses, an air separation plant, a canine center, an industrial lot, and the city’s vehicle detention center. To the south, a vacant parcel and Clark Avenue border the property; and located to the north is Interstate 490 and residential properties.

Additional information regarding the site and the Tremont neighborhood can be found in the EPA Community Involvement Plan (39pp, 3.13MB, About PDF)

Documents

Administrative Record