According to the Parks Department, the city has temporarily closed four ballfields at Red Hook Park after it detected elevated lead levels in the soil. The risk of exposure is small, said a Parks spokesperson, but the department has taken immediate cautionary action by covering bare soil, reseeding parts of the outfield and adding clay to the infield, as well as adding clay to a nearby bleacher area. The area will be closed for six to eight weeks to allow for sufficient grass growth. The city will conduct regular assessments of the area while it develops a longer-term solution.
July 22, 2014 | Few clouds, 75 °F