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.