Can the parks be used while the soil assessments are underway and access is restricted to some areas?

Yes the parks can be used during this time. While assessments are conducted and remediation options are explored, please do not enter marked areas within the parks that have measured above the EPA threshold for lead in bare soils in play areas, which is 200 parts per million (ppm) (previously 400 ppm).  The City has met with Durham County’s Public Health team who are supportive of continuing use of the parks with the information available at this time. 

Signage noting that soil lead and contaminant studies are underway have been installed in all five parks at restricted areas and/or impacted creek banks. The signs include Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) tips for reducing exposure to lead, and QR codes to the City’s website with more information about the project, Public Health information, and EPA soil lead information.

The Durham County Department of Public Health manages the Lead Education and Assessment Program (LEAP), which offers services to increase lead education and awareness. You may email their staff or call 919-560-4842 for further information and assistance. 

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1. What parks are part of the independent scientific study?
2. Can the parks be used while the soil assessments are underway and access is restricted to some areas?
3. Is the drinking water in Durham safe?
4. Where can I find public health information about lead education and awareness?
5. When will I hear more?