CHATSWORTH PARK SOUTH GRAND RE-OPENING
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM
This week, I was proud to join the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Bureau of Engineering, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to celebrate the re-opening of Chatsworth Park South after nearly ten years of closure due to the discovery of lead contamination at the park.
The health and safety of our parks reflects the health and safety of our communities. The re-opening of Chatsworth Park South represents a milestone achievement in the collaboration between local and state agencies to rehabilitate and reclaim a formerly contaminated site as public space. After nearly ten years, I am proud to announce that the residents of Chatsworth and visitors to the area now have a new park that they can explore and enjoy with family, friends, and neighbors.
Historically, a skeet shooting and trap range existed on the property where lead shot, and clay pigeons were used as targets. Beginning in 1978, a portion of the park was developed with a recreation center, parking lots, and other outdoor recreational features. During environmental investigations conducted on the park property, remnants of the lead shot and clay pigeons were found which contained hazardous substances. The City closed the park in 2008.
An extensive remediation effort was required to rehabilitate the park and make it safe for public use. This process involved removing nearly 6,000 tons of contaminated soil across 21 acres, engineering and installing a one foot thick layer of geogrid using crushed rock, clean soil, vegetation, and redesigning the park with landscape features such as bioswales, stream beds, and recreational amenities.
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