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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Boysen Park temporarily closes

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2021) — Boysen Park is temporarily closed as Anaheim undertakes soil testing at the park along State College Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.

The testing comes after samples of lead were found in the ground during construction at neighboring Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School.

Preliminary soil testing at Boysen Park found a small amount of lead in one out of 10 samples.

Our additional testing will determine what level of concern, if any, there may be at the park or if any cleanup is needed in some areas.

We do not believe there is any immediate safety issue at Boysen Park. But you’ll see fencing up and the park closed out of an abundance of caution as we work with our state partners to do further testing.

Additional soil testing started this week throughout the park. Results are expected in the coming month.

Once we have results, we will reopen any and all areas that have no soil issues. If samples find issues in some areas, we will work to remediate and meet or exceed state standards.

We’re testing and measuring soil samples against current state standards that require at least 2 feet of clean soil below the surface.

Anaheim learned of potential lead in the soil as a result of the rebuilding of Roosevelt Elementary School.

The school, which sits on the northwest side of Boysen Park, recently completed a major rebuilding project. Routine soil testing during construction showed some samples of lead in areas of the school site.

After the discovery, the school notified the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, which performed additional testing and notified the city of Anaheim that soil analysis at Boysen Park may be needed as a precautionary measure.

While we never like to close our parks, we’re hoping to take this opportunity to make Boysen better by looking at some previously planned park improvements. More details to come.

As we work to reopen Boysen as quickly and responsibly as we can, we encourage residents to enjoy other nearby Juarez Park, Anaheim Coves or other Anaheim parks.

More information at Anaheim.net/boysen.

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