Everett Smelter Cleanup
Ecology received funding from the state legislature in 2013-2015 and
2015-2017 biennia to clean up three city parks within the Everett
Smelter Cleanup site. Soil removal and restoration is underway at
American Legion Memorial Park and should finish up in spring 2016.
Planning is underway to remove contaminated soil from
Park and Viola Oursler Overlook in 2016. More information on these park
cleanups can be found below.
Latest Project News
Ecology and the City have increased the tree protection
areas in the north park areas. This change was made because
tree roots were more extensive than previously estimated.
Here is a map
of the revised work area.
Soil removal and backfilling are complete in American Legion
Memorial Park and Evergreen Arboretum! Crews are
working on sod installation and finishing up work.
There is no public access to any area of the park, including
the arboretum, ball fields and Legion Hall until spring 2016
when it reopens.
Ecology held a pre-cleanup meeting on June 23 about American
Legion Memorial Park cleanup.
Click here to see the
American Legion Memorial Park Cleanup
- The City of Everett has a scope of work for
cleanup at American Legion Memorial Park. The scope protects all trees in the park.
- The park is scheduled to reopen in the spring
Project Fact Sheet 10/2014
Want more information about cleanup? Please see the posters and handouts
Wiggums Hollow Park and Viola Oursler Cleanup
- Ecology is currently working with the City of Everett and the Everett Housing
Authority to plan for cleanup of these two parks in the summer and fall of 2016.
- More details will be posted here as we move forward. Check back regularly!
Park Cleanup Background
In 2011-2012 Ecology sampled soil in the three parks located within the
Everett Smelter Cleanup Site boundary:
American Legion Memorial Park and Arboretum
- Wiggums Hollow Park
- Viola Oursler Overlook
All three parks were shown to have soil arsenic levels above the
established cleanup level for the Everett Smelter Cleanup Site. In 2013,
the state legislature set aside funding for the cleanup of these three
parks. Ecology is working with the City of Everett to plan for and conduct
soil removal and replacement at these parks beginning in 2015-16 and
continuing for several years.