Julia Field Remediation and Field Improvements

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Julia Field Remediation and Field Improvements

Weymouth, Massachusetts

Overview

In the early 1970’s, ash from the Town’s incinerator was used to fill in a wetland area off Julia Road for the construction of a baseball field. The ash material was overlaid with a layer of topsoil which gradually wore away during the ensuing decades. The exposed material caused a public safety concern and resulted in the closure of the field by the Town in the Summer of 2006.
Julia Field had long been targeted by the Town for upgrades, as its large open space was heavily used by neighboring residents and Town baseball leagues. Proposed activities that have been contemplated include renovation/expansion of the existing field, the addition of a second field; upgrading the tot lot and adjacent parking areas.

Historic flooding issues have occurred adjacent to the Site that have raised the concerns by abutters about any site regrading. Therefore, the Town of Weymouth contracted Environmental Partners to investigate potential alternatives for both addressing the risk posed by the Site while improving the conditions at the site.

Approach

Environmental Partners executed a detailed sampling and analysis plan of the soil which indicated pockets of elevated concentrations metals and polyaromatic hydrocarbons, which were related to the historic deposition of ash. The subsequent risk assessment conducted by Environmental Partners indicated that these areas would require removal/capping to ensure no significant risk to human health and the environment. Environmental Partners presented these findings at an initial public meeting with Town officials.

Subsequently, Environmental Partners prepared an existing conditions survey of the Field and drafted three potential designs for the future look of the field in addition to cost estimates related to each redesign. These designs incorporated the remediation of the soil contaminants and ensured proper storm water drainage off the field to reflect abutters’ concerns. Construction was completed in the Fall, 2007.