City, county begins collecting Blanche Park soil for sampling

  • Environmental consultants move a piece of equipment called a Geoprobe into Blanche Park as the city and county started collecting 24 different soil samples at locations around the park on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The Coconut Grove park was found to have very high levels of toxic metals and substances earlier this week. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Environmental consultants cordoned off Blanche Park as the city and county started collecting 24 different soil samples at locations around the park on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The Coconut Grove park was found to have very high levels of toxic metals and substances earlier this week. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jacob Flores, 16 months, tries his best to get into the closed Blanche Park as the city and county started collecting 24 different soil samples at locations around the park on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The Coconut Grove park was found to have very high levels of toxic metals and substances earlier this week. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Wayne Kennedy of SAEE Environmental cleans equipment as he and other environmental consultants work in Blanche Park on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The Coconut Grove park was found to have very high levels of toxic metals and substances earlier this week. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Didier Camacho, left, a DERM hydrogeologist, and Maria Pages of SCS ES Consultants collect soil samples at Blanche Park on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Didier Camacho, a DERM hydrogeologist, collects soil samples at Blanche Park on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The Coconut Grove park was found to have very high levels of toxic metals and substances earlier this week. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Environmental consultant Carl Sluder of JAEE Environmental collects a soil sample as City of Miami Environmental Compliance Coordinator Harry James IV looks on at Blanche Park on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF