Contaminated park in Detroit has residents concerned - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Contaminated park in Detroit has residents concerned

Posted: Updated:
An informational town hall forum Wednesday night came with the warning: yes, unwanted chemicals are in the earth at Bridgeview Park in southwest Detroit. The site was once used for heavy industry. And while those buildings are gone, the chemicals are still in the earth.

Young trees are now growing on this four-acre lot after the nonprofit The Greening of Detroit secured a grant and bought the trees. The city of Detroit allowed for planting in a process known as dendromediation, or planting trees to clean the earth.

The theory is the newly-planted tree absorbs the chemicals into the root of the tree. However, the process can take several years before you see benefits and neighbors say they don't have time to wait for these trees to work.

The concerned neighbors are demanding answers about the safety of the park, especially after volunteers showed up to plant the trees wearing hazmat-style protection suits. Greening says the suits were precautionary and experts say the soil must be ingested to be a health hazard.

At the meeting, neighbors say they are looking towards suburbs who have cleaned out hazardous properties.

"Like they did in Livonia, where they had a similar situation that they went in there, they removed the topsoil, they healed it and now they have six soccer teams playing on that field. That's what we're looking for," says Emma Lockridge.

"I agree we should have done more engagement in the very beginning and really, because there were some concerns with folks, but, basically we're just trying to clean up the soil by using trees. So, it's a research project. The research indicates these trees should be very effective cleaning up the soil," says Trisha Hubbell with Greening.

A cyclone fence now surrounds the property.


  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Migrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington Hills

    Migrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington Hills

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:10:56 GMT
    Illegal immigrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington HillsTwenty-four illegal immigrant teens from Central America will soon be housed at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Farmington Hills, which has secured a federal contract. The immigration issue is a major one, and what seemed far, far away is now coming closer and closer to home."We've been watching this for six, eight weeks now, now it's Michigan," said William Largent, president and CEO of Meskwaki. the business arm of...
    Illegal immigrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington HillsTwenty-four illegal immigrant teens from Central America will soon be housed at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Farmington Hills, which has secured a federal contract. The immigration issue is a major one, and what seemed far, far away is now coming closer and closer to home."We've been watching this for six, eight weeks now, now it's Michigan," said William Largent, president and CEO of Meskwaki. the business arm of...
  • VIDEO: Witness says man roughed up by Clinton Township police, hospital security

    VIDEO: Witness says man roughed up by Clinton Township police, hospital security

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:38 GMT
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
  • Large two truck crash closes I-75, second accident nearby

    Large two truck crash closes I-75, second accident nearby

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:57:29 GMT
    A crash involving two semi trucks shut down I-75 tonight, according to Michigan State Police.
    A crash involving two semi trucks shut down I-75 tonight, according to Michigan State Police.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Ron SavageRon SavageMore>>

  • Sunday's storm captured by Fox 2 viewers

    Sunday's storm captured by Fox 2 viewers

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:48:38 GMT
    We have more video of the storm and storm damage from across southeast Michigan. It's Fox 2 viewer pics and video that you sent to us.
    We have more video of the storm and storm damage from across southeast Michigan. It's Fox 2 viewer pics and video that you sent to us.
  • Livonia man dies after 2 dogs attack him

    Livonia man dies after 2 dogs attack him

    Saturday, July 26 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-07-27 01:48:03 GMT
    A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora.
    A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora.
  • FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    FBI joins the search for Armada teen's killer

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:08 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:08:38 GMT
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap.
    The FBI has joined the investigation team searching for the killer of a 14-year-old Armada girl, April Millsap. Authorities also say they are now looking for a small motorcycle in addition to the gray, dented van seen in the area.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices