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Posted on: March 9, 2017

City of Commerce Temporarily Closes Veterans Park Facility

On February 17, 2017, the City of Commerce temporarily closed Veterans Park in order to determine the impact the heavy rainfall has had on the facility and on the lead abatement efforts currently underway. 

On June 6, 2016, the City Council authorized the full demolition and abatement of the now decommissioned James W. Bristow Marksmanship Range, which is located in the Veteran's Park community center. The shooting range was closed and sealed off in 2010 because of the lead associated with the operation of the range. On January 31, 2017, the City's contractors began work at Veterans Park. Exterior work including removing peeling paint chips from the fascia around the perimeter of the building and sealing the facades is complete.  All exterior perimeter areas around the building were tested as required following abatement and received clearance.

The playground areas, picnic areas and baseball field were recently re-tested to confirm that lead has not been released into these areas. The results show that the playground and picnic areas have not been contaminated. Recent tests in public areas of the recreation building show lead levels to be within acceptable thresholds. Results of testing of remaining outdoor areas should be completed by next week. The City will also be testing adjacent residents' yards.  Although the thresholds were within legal limits and there is no basis to believe that any park patron may have been exposed to lead, the City will pay for individual testing of residents who choose to get tested.

The City is in the process of securing temporary bungalows which will be installed after the final testing of the outdoor areas has been completed. In addition, youth basketball games and practices have been relocated to other Commerce parks. The Veterans pre-school program has been moved to Bristow Park and Cross Fit classes have been moved to Rosewood Park.

The work on the interior of the building is expected to take approximately six weeks.  Once work is completed, the City will provide an update on the building.

For more information on possible blood lead testing, contact Human Resources at (323) 722-4805 ext. 2266.
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