WATCH: How Miami Twp.’s Layer Park has transformed through contamination cleanup

Dec 04, 2017

Tucked in the northeast corner of Miami Twp. is one of nine parks managed by the Miami Twp. Parks & Recreation Department. Layer Park is located at 4999 Cordell Dr. and was originally called Bush-Dell Park until its renaming in honor of original Miami Township Park Board member and long-time trustee Berman E. Layer in 1998. 

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Layer Park in Miami Twp. reopened earlier this month, according to the township, after an U.S. EPA Superfund cleanup of lead-contaminated soil. STAFF PHOTO Photo: Staff Writer

In 2015, soil samples from Layer Park revealed lead contamination left over from a former skeet shooting range located on the park site decades ago.

Lead warning sign at the Layer Park entrance. The EPA is expected to begin cleanup of Layer Park in Miami Twp. this spring. The park was closed in December of 2015 following the discovery of high lead levels in the soil. TY GREENLEES / STAFF Photo: Ty Greenlees

Soil testing of the park and some surrounding residential property in February of 2016 showed the highest lead level was 60 times above the EPA safe number. 

Removal of lead tainted dirt from Layer Park in Miami Twp. has begun. The Ohio EPA is spearheading the Superfund Site cleanup after dangerously high levels of lead were found in the soil of the park which is located over a former shooting range. TY GREENLEES / STAFF Photo: Ty Greenlees

Cleanup and removal of the lead from the park was managed under the EPA’s Superfund Removal Action. The work was completed through the summer of 2017 with thousands of tons of lead-contaminated soil being removed from the east side of the park where many trees were also removed. 

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Removal of lead tainted dirt from Layer Park in Miami Twp. has begun. The Ohio EPA is spearheading the Superfund Site cleanup after dangerously high levels of lead were found in the soil of the park which is located over a former shooting range. TY GREENLEES / STAFF Photo: Ty Greenlees

Cleanup is now complete, and the east side of the park has been planted with new trees where the majority of the lead was removed.

A Miami Twp. park closed for more than a year has reopened after tons of lead-contaminated soil was removed in a U.S. EPA Superfund project.Layer Park on Cornell Drive reopened earlier this month, said Miami Twp. Public Works Director Dan Mayberry. The EPA estimated earlier this year the cleanup would cost $3 million and involve the removal of more than 6,700 tons of soil. TY GREENLEES / STAFF Photo: Ty Greenlees

Layer Park amenities include a shelter house with restrooms and picnic table seating for 56 people. Two basketball half courts and a baseball diamond for sports recreation are available. Playground equipment including swing sets, a sand box, and a play structure are in the park. A newly paved parking lot at the entrance has spaces for 15 cars.

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A Miami Twp. park closed for more than a year has reopened after tons of lead-contaminated soil was removed in a U.S. EPA Superfund project.Layer Park on Cornell Drive reopened earlier this month, said Miami Twp. Public Works Director Dan Mayberry. The EPA estimated earlier this year the cleanup would cost $3 million and involve the removal of more than 6,700 tons of soil. TY GREENLEES / STAFF Photo: Ty Greenlees

Signage at the park gate indicates the park will reopen in the spring of 2018.