In the 2013-2015 state budget, we received funding to begin cleanup efforts at parks in Everett. Using this funding, we completed soil removal and restoration at American Legion Memorial Park in spring 2016.
And for some other great news — the Legislature gave us funding for cleanup at Wiggums Hollow Park and Viola Oursler Viewpoint. We plan to complete this work in 2018-19.
In 2011-2012, Ecology sampled soil in the three parks located within the Everett smelter cleanup site boundary:
- American Legion Memorial Park and Arboretum
- Wiggums Hollow Park
- Viola Oursler Viewpoint
Sampling showed that all three parks had soil arsenic levels above the cleanup level for the Everett smelter cleanup site.
American Legion Memorial Park cleanup is complete
We worked with the City of Everett to clean up contaminated soil at American Legion Memorial park from 2015 to early 2016. Cleanup was designed to remove contaminated soils while protecting park trees.
Wiggums Hollow Park and Viola Oursler Viewpoint cleanups are scheduled for 2018-19!
Cleanup activities at Wiggums Hollow Park and Viola Oursler Overlook will begin in early September 2018, after Labor Day.
The contamination present at these two parks does not pose an immediate health risk. However, exposure to arsenic over time may be a health hazard. If you plan on visiting either of these parks, please limit your exposure to contaminated soils by:
- Washing hands and toys with soap and water after playing in the dirt.
- Washing hands before eating or putting anything in your mouth.
- Taking off your shoes when you get home.
- Wiping off your pet’s paws and bathing pets often.
- Washing blackberries or other fruit from the parks before eating it.