From SI Live:
Outdoor enthusiasts looking to enjoy the 580-acre Great Kills Park for fishing, ballplaying, model airplane flying or other activities this summer may have to make alternate plans.
Four-foot high wooden fencing has been erected, almost overnight. It sections off approximately half of the park land that is believed to be affected by radium contamination.
In fact, the entire portion of land bounded by Hylan Boulevard, Bulkhead Road and Buffalo Street has been indefinitely closed to the public. This includes the stretch of shore along the Great Kills Harbor bulkhead frequented by anglers and crabbers.
“As a result of the preliminary investigations for radium contaminated soil at Great Kills Park, Gateway management has taken the precautionary step of closing public access to the areas of the park that were built on landfill,” said Jane Ahern, a spokesperson for the National Park Service (NPS). “We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we work towards completing a full investigation.”