Plans call for 80 acres of park, natural space around pond tainted with arsenic, cadmium and lead
Denver officials are planning to turn 80 acres of former industrial land around the contaminated Heron Pond near the South Platte River, seen here on April 18, 2018, into the city’s first major new green space in a decade. It’s illustrative of the difficulty city parks planners have in obtaining suitable land for public open space in a highly developed urban environment.
“We are left with the dregs,” longtime resident John Zapien said at a recent community meeting, urging city officials to prioritize health. “We need to clean up Heron Pond. No ifs, ands or buts,” Zapien told officials in the room.
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