Construction of the playground has been paused due to soil testing and remediation. There was a concern with the safety of the soil in the sub-grade which prompted the testing.
Testing analysis has been completed within the playground area. An area of extent identifying where elevated levels of lead have been found has been established and will require remediation. The town will remediate by having the contaminated soil removed and replaced with clean soil. This work is being arranged through the Town Manager's office and the Recreation Department. Remediation will be completed before playground construction resumes.
There is also concerns about elevated levels of arsenic found in the wooded area behind the playground. It is possible that these findings could qualify for certain exemptions with further analysis. Construction may continue while this analysis is being carried out, the Town will make sure that the playground and the areas around it meet all safety requirements before being opened to the public.
Soil Remediation Update
Soil remediation will begin during the week of April 3. The plan is to excavate soil from the playground area that is marked with a red barrier on the map of extent (see link below).
As part of the remediation, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Agency (MassDEP) is placing an Activity Use Limitation (AUL) on a small area to the north of the playground (indicated on the attachment as ARC-5). This is the area where elevated levels of arsenic was found as described above. The levels found are reportable but do not qualify as an Immanent Hazard according to the MassDEP. As part of the the AUL, the fence that crosses the southwest portion of the playground will simply be extended to the northern and eastern sides, completely enclosing the playground.
Remediation work is expected to take approximately 3-weeks. At the end of this process, the playground area will be returned to its existing condition and the contractor will remain to complete phase 1 of the playground, which includes the installation of all equipment except for the Berliner Globe. The MassDEP tracking number for this remediation effort is 3-34108.
Any resident with questions may call the Recreation Department at 781-786-6260.