Difficulty of Work Blamed for Delays Replacing Park Space Lost to Yankee Stadium
A parks department official was called before the City Council to explain why an effort to replace recreation space lost to construction of the new Yankee Stadium has been plagued by delays and cost overruns.
1) The Parks Department is in charge of the project
2) The property they're replacing the current parks with is a toxic wasteland
City choosing to forget
The review acknowledged toxins exceeding state standards “were detected in soil samples from throughout the project area.”
Oil contamination was identified in dirt and groundwater.
National Park Service executive Jack Howard noted soil near the Harlem River had “petroleum-like odors.” With reason: The lot had hosted a Valvoline Oil facility and a power plant.
Then there's this from Brooklyn:
About a quarter of Thomas Greene playground has been fenced off so that National Grid can dig underneath the Parks Dept. facility and see how polluted it is. The playground sits on a site once occupied by the Fulton Manufactured Gas Plant.
Gowanus Playground Fenced Off for Pollutant Dig