Englander Breaks Ground on Chatsworth Park South Cleanup
Posted by Councilmember Englander on April 24, 2016 at 8:10 PM
This Monday, I was pleased to join the Department of Recreation and Parks, Bureau of Engineering and the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council to break ground on the cleanup of Chatsworth Park South.
Historically, this park was a skeet shooting and trap range 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 amenities. In 2008 remnants of the lead shot and clay pigeons were observed and reported. Testing confirmed the presence of hazardous petroleum substances and we were left with no choice but to close the park. The city then entered into a voluntary clean up agreement with the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
In 2013, the DTSC approved a cleanup plan called a Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for this project. The RAP will mitigate potential exposure risks to human health and the environment. It took seven years to pull together the $9+ million necessary to pay for this clean up. Sources of funding include Rec and Parks Sites and Facilities, Quimby, Prop K, and the general fund. After a second extensive bid and award process, a contractor was chosen and after a short delay due to El Nino rains, we are happy that the cleanup is beginning and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
The cleanup will be comprehensive, including: Removing lead, arsenic, antimony, and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydorcarbons (PAHs) from the soil. The cleanup will be contained within the boundaries of the park and safety measures have been taken to ensure the cleanup does not affect the surrounding community including: air quality monitoring, covered transport, and regular soil sampling. Even the tires on the trucks will be cleaned before leaving the work site.
The remediated park will preserve the current natural feel of the park. The design features include: accessible ADA-compliant paths, preservation of an existing stream bed and incorporation of bioswales engineered to attract fauna to the site.
I want to thank the Department of Rec and Parks, particularly, General Manager Mike Shull, Assistant General Manager, Cathie Santo Domingo, Ramon Barajas, Assistant General Manager, and Project Lead Paul Davis. I also want to thank Neil Drucker, Project Manager for the Bureau of Engineering and the Department of Toxic Substances Control and my staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure this cleanup is done transparently and responsibly.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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