The completion of clean-up efforts at Layer Park is in sight! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finished their restoration work in October and township crews will be working throughout the winter to have the park re-opened and ready for visitors in 2018. The township closed the park in January 2016 after high levels of lead and arsenic were found on more than two acres of the 7.5-acre property.
After the immediate threat to the public was removed, US EPA contractors worked to ensure all safety standards were met and have the park restored to its natural state. Contractors recently planted over 60 large caliper native trees to re-forest the park. Other restoration plans included: the replacement of the parking lot, renovations to the basketball court, removal of a severely deteriorated tennis court, installation of a new swing set, and replacement of two cooking grills. The township will be completing ball diamond renovations to be ready for public use by late spring of 2018.
Layer Park is located at 4999 Cordell Drive. The EPA determined the soil contamination was caused by a skeet shooting range that operated on the property from the 1930s to the 1950s. The EPA managed the cleanup under its Superfund Removal Action program at a cost of approximately $3-million. The township is very appreciative of the partnership with the EPA in efforts to restore this park for leisure and recreational activity.