Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

EAST END PARK GETS WALKING PATH ; Part of Parks Second Phase, Looping Gravel Path Could Be Completed within a Month

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

EAST END PARK GETS WALKING PATH ; Part of Parks Second Phase, Looping Gravel Path Could Be Completed within a Month

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Earth is moving at the East End community park, as work gets underway to construct a walking path there. The path is part of the park's second phase. The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority issued its requests for proposal for the walking path, but the bids came back too high, said director Jim Edwards. The city is donating its own crew for the job, while the authority pays $45,000 for materials.

"They're spreading the fill material across the site and then they'll grade it properly for drainage and such, Edwards said of the work.

City Engineer Chris Knox said the city's Public Works department hauled out soil contaminated with benzopyrene from the site last week.

Benzopyrene is a carcinogen and found in cigarettes, grilled and broiled food and in gasoline and diesel exhaust, according to a database put together by the National Library of Medicine. The chemical was located in soil in the back right portion of the property where a train station might have been, Knox said. …

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