Reed Park Ceremony

Mayor Frank G. Jackson was joined by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Councilman Tony Brancatelli, Councilwoman Jasmin Santana, Director of Public Works Michael Cox and several community members to help rededicate WC Reed Park. The city invested $1 million in the park for new playground equipment, a ball field, a basketball court, sidewalks, a paved parking lot and newly seeded grass; the EPA spent approximately $6.1 million for the project with $3.9 million related to cleanup activities within the park. 

“We found environmental issues that needed to be corrected, not only in the park, but in the surrounding areas, and we invested funds to bring it up to what it should be,” said Mayor Jackson. “This park is just one of the things that make this neighborhood a neighborhood of choice –one where where people want to live, work, play and do business.”

The city closed the 12-acre park in 2013, following soil testing which indicated the park –a former industrial waste site –held high levels of contaminants. Cleanup activities from the EPA included transporting in 60,000 cubic yards of clean soil to install a 2-foot soil barrier; establishing a vegetative cover; installing a storm water retention system; preservation of mature oak trees; and preparation of an operation and a maintenance plan to be implemented by the City of Cleveland. 

Additionally, 68 nearby residential properties were evaluated for similar contamination and 45 of them were remediated.

“This site is a great example of the benefits of U.S. EPA’s cleanup work in local communities,” said Region 5 Administrator Cathy Stepp. “We worked closely with the City of Cleveland to ensure that residents have a park they can enjoy.”

“When this site closed down, we had a real challenge to face,” said Councilman Brancatelli. “But the good news was that the EPA stepped up and the city stepped up and this 13-acre park is now restored to a wonderful facility, which as the mayor said, makes it an asset to our neighborhood.” 

“I wanted to thank the residents of this area, the mothers, the fathers, the grandparents, all those who take care of these parks for loving your neighborhood and trying to make it a better, more safer and more cleaner place for the kids,” said Congresswoman Kaptur. “You’re going to have a great place for play and recreation.”

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