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Everett smelter cleanup in parks

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.

We hope to clean up contaminated soil at the Viola Oursler Viewpoint and Wiggums Hollow Park. However, funding is currently limited, and we're unable to clean up these two parks at this time. We are seeking additional funds to continue park cleanup.


American Legion Memorial Park

Wiggums Hollow Park and Viola Oursler Viewpoint

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 on hold

Due to funding limitations, Ecology has not been able to schedule a cleanup at Wiggums Hollow Park and the Viola Oursler Viewpoint. 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