State officials have given Teaneck the go-ahead to reopen Votee park this weekend, four months after contaminated soil was found at the soccer field, Mayor Mohammed Hameddudin said this afternoon.
“Although there may be a need for a small amount of remediation in certain spots in the park, it is clear from the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services that the park may be re-occupied,” Hameddudin said.
The mayor said Township Manager William Broughton closed the park as soon as health and safety concerns were raised.
“The decision to disclose all actions concerning the study even in its most preliminary phase and for full transparency to the public and the press was the correct decision and helped keep the public informed,” he added.
Broughton has since received official confirmation from state officials that past exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons — or PAH’s — at the park off Queen Anne Road and Court Street isn’t expected to hurt anyone, the mayor said.
“Now that a more comprehensive study has been concluded, and the state agency in charge has declared that the park may be used for recreational purposes, the [township manager] has moved quickly to get our wonderful community resource back open,” Hameddudin said.
The bike and walking paths have already been reopened, along with the tennis and basketball courts, bandshell, picnic area and other sections.
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