I have watched well-used local parks such as Douglas and Curtis sit fenced off and abandoned now going into a third year. These parks were always packed with people. Meanwhile, the contaminated parks in more affluent areas have been remediated and are now back in use.
Funny how that is.
Generations used all these parks with no reports of ill effects. Some toxic chemicals are found in the ground by a student in a study, at levels which will not harm anyone, and the centerpieces of residents’ recreation and enjoyment are shut down.
How about we reopen the parks and put in a nice big sign that reads “Toxic elements may be present, use at your own risk”? Let these parks stay open until they actually get cleaned up. I am sure that most park-goers find this whole issue ridiculously overhyped, just like I do.
Felix Zabala, Miami