Miami-Dade’s Hammocks Park finally closes for arsenic cleanup

 

jstaletovich@MiamiHerald.com

Miami-Dade County officials closed Hammocks Community Park in the 9800 block of Hammocks Boulevard Thursday while workers clean up arsenic found in soil last year as part of a countywide study. Officials slated the park, built in 1986, for remediation using $2 million in county bond money but kept it open until work started because, they said, the arsenic did not pose a health risk.

The contamination came to light after Miami city officials discovered soil tainted with toxic metals, possibly from ash, near an old municipal incinerator in Coconut Grove.

The discovery lead the county to order the city to test all 112 parks, which uncovered contamination in 11 parks as well as Brothers to the Rescue park in the county.

It was not clear Thursday how long the work will take.

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