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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

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EPA On-Scene Coordinator
James Justice


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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 2015

U.S. EPA will resume cleanup of the W.C. Reed Playfields 12 acre site early May.   Work will begin in the park in May.  The  residential yard portion will be addressed in July.    To date U.S. EPA has completed about 80% of the planned cleanup tasks.  Presently EPA is contacting property owners  to schedule cleanup activities during the 2015 construction season.  Sampling will continue for those residents who have not turned in their access agreements to allow staff from U.S. EPA to test the soil. There is no charge for the sampling or potential cleanup activities.

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