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9/27/2019 - Town Update on Park & Field Safety

The Fairfield Health Department today issued the following update on environmental testing at the Town's parks, school grounds and fields as well as a list of helpful links. 

  • At this time, only one portion of one field (Burroughs Soccer Field #1) remains closed due to environmental concerns.
  • All other fields tested have been determined by the State Department of Public Health (DPH) and Tighe & Bond to be safe for recreational use.
  • In the past six weeks, a total of 60 areas (fields, playscapes, sidewalks, etc.) have been tested. 
    • 50 of those areas are deemed safe for use and 49 are fully open to the public.  (Holland Hill soccer field is closed due to school construction.)
    • 8 with exceedances above residential standards (Burroughs field, certain school playscapes, and some accessory areas)  are being evaluated for remediation. With a sense of caution, the Town and the School District are working with the State DPH, DEEP and Tighe & Bond to evaluate an appropriate course for remediation.  At 2 of these sites, the exceedances are not related to aggregate fill.
    • 2 (Osborn Hill baseball field and the small playscape at Jennings School) are still pending test results. Testing of the small Jennings playscape  is not related to aggregate fill.
  • 21 additional sites have been identified for further assessment and possible testing.  The evaluation will begin within 1-2 weeks.

Here are some important links for background and further information:

We will continue to keep you updated on progress and the safety of our Town fields.

Contact: Fairfield Health Department

Background: In early August of 2019, a complaint made to the Fairfield Police Department led to the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) conducting testing at Gould Manor Park. This was related to the use of potentially contaminated fill during a curb and sidewalk replacement at the park in 2013. The fill was from the Julian Enterprises managed Aggregate Fill Pile at the Department of Public Works Yard. That event initiated an investigation into all sites that may have received fill materials during the 2013 to 2016 time period in which Julian Enterprises managed the fill pile. Nineteen sites including school and recreational sports field were initially tested. In addition, the Fairfield Public Schools decided to test all remaining school fields and playscapes out of an abundance of caution.