Toxins: Dangerous neighborhood park? - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Toxins: Dangerous neighborhood park?

Posted: Updated:
WC Reed Playfield on Cleveland's west side WC Reed Playfield on Cleveland's west side
  • More newsMore>>

  • Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

    Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:26:43 GMT
    Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.More >>
    Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave...More >>
  • US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:25:36 GMT
    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.'More >>
    In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with...More >>
  • Teacher hit by train expected to make full recovery

    Teacher hit by train expected to make full recovery

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:53:12 GMT
    Officials at the Smiths Station Fire Department say the victim, later identified as Vivian Martin, was transported to Midtown Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.More >>
    Multiple sources tell News Leader 9 that a Smiths Station teacher was hit by a train earlier today in Lee County.

    Officials at the Smiths Station Fire Department say the victim, later identified as Vivian Martin, was transported to Midtown Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.
    More >>
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The plan to fix up WC Reed Playfield and the entire park around it has been put on hold due to concern about what's in the ground. Right now the park is closed and Thursday residents finally got an update about when it might reopen. 

The Dixon family is enjoying a beautiful spring night, playing in the driveway of their home. 
They'd like to be playing at WC Reed Playfield but the entire park was shut down in December.

"Now the kids have nothing to do. No where to go," said Cyle Dixon.

While renovating the park at W. 15th and Denison, the city found potential cancer causing toxins.

"I'm very concerned with my kids, my wife having asthma, the elderly in the neighborhood," said Cyle Dixon.

Some residents are still angry about the news.

"The city knew what was back there 15 years ago," said a resident.
 
 AT A NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING, A CITY OFFICIAL SAID THE EPA WILL BE CLEANING UP THE PARK.

"They're taking everything. The light poles. The walks. The pavement.  The fence.  Everything.  It's a complete removal of everything," said Don Kasych, City of Cleveland.

That work could start next month.  But redoing the entire park will take time and it probably won't open again until next year.  Residents also found out all the beautiful oak trees will have to be removed.

"Everyone's concerned about the toxic situation.  And I know that they're taking care of it.  I'm confident about that," said Virginia Cook.

But Cyle Dixon has doubts about the future of the park.

"I don't think they'll ever open it again," said Cyle Dixon.

The city has not said when it will reopen. The price tag for cleaning  it up and rebuilding it -- more than $2 million dollars.     

Copyright 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow