Miami Area Parks Will Cost Millions to Clean

Cleaning up contaminated parks in Miami-Dade is likely to cost millions of dollars and will take months

Monday, Jan 27, 2014  |  Updated 9:33 AM EDT
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Lead Contamination at Park

An aerial view of Douglas Park.

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Douglas Park Closes Due to Contamination

Douglas Park has been closed due to contamination, the City of Miami said Friday. NBC 6's Steve Litz has the story.

Lead Contamination at Park

Miami-Dade County officials are asking parents who have taken their children to the Olinda Park to have them tested for lead immediately.
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Cleaning up contaminated parks in Miami-Dade is likely to cost millions of dollars and will take months.

That's the conclusion the city commission has reached. The Miami Herald reported Sunday initial estimates put the cost of cleaning the parks at upward of $3 million.


Most of the parks will remain closed as the city determines the level of contamination. Workers found the contamination late last summer after some residents complained about tainted soil near an old municipal incinerator that operated through the 1970s.

The city and later the county conducted tests and found significant contamination where ash from the incinerator had been buried.

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