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Pottstown officials close park for contaminated soil

POTTSTOWN, Pa. - A park in Pottstown is now off limits to the public. Preliminary results of a soil test show the dirt is contaminated.

It’s not part of the master plan for Pollock Park, according to the Pottstown Parks and Recreation Department.

“You don’t expect to find something like this, but when you do you have to follow through accordingly,” said Michael Lenhart, director of Pottstown Parks and Recreation Department.

The contamination is lead and other materials on the property, which used to be a scrap metal yard. The levels were high enough that the company doing the test recommended the borough close the park. 

“First thing Monday we put in the temporary fencing, just to ensure folks will stay out of there,” added Lenhart.

“A lot of kids in our neighborhood play over there, people walk their dogs, or sit over there in the park,” said Lori Young, a resident who lives across the street. “Now we don’t have a park anymore.”

The contamination was discovered as Pottstown took steps to renovate the aging park.

Borough officials say that's still the plan, it’s just going to take a little more time and effort to take care of this problem. 

“The good news is that we’ve identified a condition that needs to be corrected,” said Lenhart.

Park officials are going to replace the temporary fence with a chain link fence because the park is expected to be closed for more than a year. 

They also tell 69 News the final results of the soil test are expected in two weeks.

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