Asbestos Found at Centennial Park

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Most of Sarnia’s Centennial Park is being closed to the public now following the discovery of asbestos in three soil samples collected in late April.

It’s the latest in a series of troubling discoveries including high lead levels and a tar-like substance that surfaced last summer.

City Manager Lloyd Fennell says, as a precaution, an area is being fenced off from the berms on the northern edge of the park, past the MacLean Centre…

Fennell says city staff is working with event organizers that could be impacted by the park closure and alternate arrangements will be made if necessary. The Dow People Place will remain available for scheduled events.

He says Centennial park could be closed for an “extended period of time.” Crews are conducting a risk assessment and will move ahead with recommended remedial measures.

The city continues to work with the Medical Officer of Health and Environment and Labour Ministries.

An FAQ list can be found on the city’s website in the near future.

Reporter Email Josh Boyce


  1. Holly

    May 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Wow I hope there won’t be any health issues to the many people who spent a lot of time there. I lived not far from there and we spent a good chunk of our spring, summer and fall there every year. My children played in the sand at the playground barefoot. I hope this is cleared up safely.

  2. Leah Nielsen

    May 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Oh the irony of this story. Sadly I’m not at all shocked that asbestos was found in Sarnia, however, the fact that it was found in the location of the Walk to Remember Victims of Asbestos means that all those who supported that and called for a ban of asbestos were exposed!

  3. Lawrence Currie

    May 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I lived across from that park on Nelson street the third house from the corner. Every one of my freinds from that neighbourhood are dead. All died of chronic lung disorders.Either from this park or holmes foundry you take your pick. Dust everyday on cars in your clothes in your body. I know that just living there has effected the health of me and my family ever since.Thank you Holmes Foundry and Cenntenial Park

  4. a.o.

    May 24, 2013 at 10:57 am

    this is a very big municipal issue that helped me with my project. Thanks for warning me about this problem

  5. Lillian Shuman

    July 24, 2013 at 5:47 am

    WOW! I Grew up playing in Centennial Park, hell I SWAM in the water from fifth grade onwards as going to public pools was a no no to my step dad and Canatara didn’t provide him with ‘adequate’ views of passing boats

    My dad died in 1984 after the doctors took his working lung out and left him with a non functioning lung and when he died from complete and utter body cancer, his autopsy report read ‘Upon opening Mr.Shuman it was as dark as Carlsbad Cavern inside his body! Every conceivable space was occupied by cancer and was black as the country night sky. The cancer is in his blood vessels,in his eyes,in his blood and every where in between.’ He worked for Holmes Foundary and for Prestalite back in the 50’s and 60’s most of my family did and the vast majority of them are either dead from War related illnesses or dead from Cancer from Working in Holmes Foundry! My great grandfather worked at Holmes Foundry but died from war related illness.

    But then again this doesn’t surprise me one bit, Centennial Park used to be the Sifto Salt Mines back in the days before it became a public park so god only knows WHAT is buried under the ground and hidden under the waves.

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