Toxic ground

  • Members of a community-based collaboration pushing for soil samples in a two-mile radius of the City of Miami Fire Rescue Training Center -- formerly the site of an incinerator called Old Smokey -- stand near the center, at 3425 Jefferson St. in the West Grove on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Neighborhood residents, members of the Ministerial Alliance and the University of Miami's School of Law's Environmental Justice Project want the city to take samples to determine the presence of contaminants in the soil. In this photo: Jimmie Ingraham, left; Ariel Mitchell; Catherine Kaiman; Zach Lipshultz; Linda Williams; Williams Armbrister; Adrian Grant-Alfieri; Dr. Joyce Price; and Reynold Martin. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Linda Williams, left, a lifelong resident of the West Grove in Miami's Coconut Grove; and Williams Armbrister, whose family settled in the West Grove three generations ago, show a 1961 Hornet yearbook (from Carver Senior High school) that shows the graduating class gathered in front of Old Smokey, the incinerator that dominated the landscape until the early 1970's, when it was demolished. Williams and Armbrister stand near the former site of Old Smokey, now the City of Miami Fire Rescue Training Center, at 3425 Jefferson St., on Friday Sept. 6, 2013. They are members of a community-based coalition pushing for soil samples in a two-mile radius of the site to determine the presence of contaminants in the soil. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • This photocopy of a photograph shows Old Smokey, an incinerator that was in Coconut Grove's West Grove community for decades. The incinerator, at 3425 Jefferson St., was demolished; in its place is the City of Miami Fire Rescue Training Center. Members of a community-based coalition are pushing the city to take soil samples in a two-mile radius of the former incinerator site to determine the presence of contaminants in the soil. COPY PHOTO / For The Miami Herald

  • This photocopy of a photograph shows Old Smokey (at top third of photo), an incinerator that was in Coconut Grove's West Grove community for decades. The incinerator, at 3425 Jefferson St., was demolished; in its place is the City of Miami Fire Rescue Training Center. Members of a community-based coalition are pushing the city to take soil samples in a two-mile radius of the former incinerator site to determine the presence of contaminants in the soil. COPY PHOTO / For The Miami Herald

  • Children play at Esther M. Armbrister Park in Coconut Grove's West Grove after school on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The park, at 236 Grand Ave., is a ball's toss from the former site of an incinerator called Old Smokey. Now the site is home to the City of Miami Fire Rescue Training Center, at 3425 Jefferson St. Members of a community-based coalition are pushing the city to take soil samples in a two-mile radius of the former incinerator site to determine the presence of contaminants in the soil. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Basketball courts outside the Barnyard Community Center, 3870 Washington Ave. in Coconut Grove's West Grove community are right next to the City of Miami Fire Rescue Training Center -- formerly the site of an incinerator called Old Smokey. Members of a community-based coalition are pushing the city to take soil samples in a two-mile radius of the former incinerator site to determine the presence of contaminants in the soil. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Children play outside the Barnyard Community Center, 3870 Washington Ave. in Coconut Grove's West Grove community on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Just south of the center is the City of Miami Fire Rescue Training Center -- formerly the site of an incinerator called Old Smokey. Members of a community-based coalition are pushing the city to take soil samples in a two-mile radius of the former incinerator site to determine the presence of contaminants in the soil. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF