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Toxics Cleanup Program

Everett Smelter Cleanup

Parks 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 Wiggums Hollow 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 presentation.

American Legion Memorial Park Cleanup

Want more information about cleanup?  Please see the posters and handouts below.

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:

  • Photo: American Legion Memorial Park and ArboretumAmerican 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.

Exposure to levels of contamination found in the parks are not an immediate health risk. Follow Ecology's health recommendations to reduce your family's exposure to contamination. Learn more about how to protect your family from contamination.


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Meg Bommarito
Project Manager