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EPA Brownfields Program
The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA) Brownfields Program empowers states, communities and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely cleanup, and reuse brownfields. Under this program, U.S. EPA provides grants to local governments and other eligible applicants for the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites.
19th and Q Streets Brownfield Site Background
The project site is a vacant triangular parcel encompassing .53 acres, located on the southwest corner of the intersection of 19th and Q Streets in the midtown area of Sacramento. This neighborhood of the City is transitioning from industrial uses, some of which were established in the mid-1800s, to more urban uses that contain offices, restaurants, small retail and high density residential. This site, along with four other small adjoining parcels, has been acquired for the purpose of developing an urban plaza park. Once developed, this park will provide a social gathering place for the employees of businesses and residents located within a one-half mile of the site.
An Environmental Site Assessment shows that elevated levels of arsenic, chromium and lead are present in the soils. The heavy metal contamination is likely due to the former presence of a heavy rail line along the northern margin of the parcel.
19th and Q Streets Brownfield Cleanup Grant
The City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department received a $200,000 Brownfield Cleanup Grant from the U.S. EPA to remediate soil contamination on one of the five parcels that comprise this future park site (See Attached Aerial). This grant will fund (1) the preparation of a Final Remediation Plan (FRP) under the guidance of the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department staff, and (2) the actual site cleanup. Because the site will be developed as an urban plaza with more hardscape than a traditional neighborhood park, the cleanup may consist of removal of all contaminated soil to an appropriate facility and backfilling the site with clean soil, or some other acceptable method.
19th and Q Streets Park
The 19th and Q site will be redeveloped as an urban plaza following the cleanup. Although grant funding is only available for one of the five parcels that comprise the park site, the City of Sacramento is making additional funds available to cleanup all five parcels simultaneously. The design of the plaza will be determined by the park master plan for all five parcels. The Park Master Plan will be available soon.
Opportunities for Public Comment
City staff will regularly update information on this website to keep interested parties informed as the park master plan preparation and cleanup progress. Several public workshops aimed at attracting the eventual users of the proposed park were held. The workshops covered the City’s plans for cleanup of the site and tentative plans for the park’s development. Following community workshops, the park master plan was recommended for approval by the Parks and Recreation Commission and was approved by the City Council on May 29, 2012. Project signs will be posted on site once the FRP is underway. Return to this webpage for status updates on the RFP and the park master plan.
19th and Q Park Site
Remedial Action Implementation Plan 3/26/2012, (PDF) 3.8MB
Public Notice of Availability 3/27/2012, (PDF) 39 KB
For more information on the FRP or cleanup contact: Mary de Beauvieres, Project Manager, 808-8722, MdeBeauvieres@cityofsacramento.org . For more information on the park master planning process, contact Tin-Wah Wong, Project Manager, 808-5540, TWong@cityofsacramento.org.
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Small Public Places are small neighborhood parks and plazas from 5 acres to 1/18th of an acre in size, to be located in designated high–density areas and park deficient neighborhoods throughout the City. Small Public Places will be an added component of our City-owned park land, and are intended to provide relief from the hardscape and intensity of City-life serving as positive places to gather and recreate where land is in short supply.
City staff met on June 15, 2007, in the first of a series of meetings to develop a common vision and purpose for Small Public Places within the City of Sacramento. Staff intends to update Council on project progress in Spring 2008, and to report back to Council in Summer 2008 to ask for approval of our (1) proposed vision and purpose for pocket parks and urban plazas, and (2) recommended policy changes to implement the proposed vision and purpose for incorporating these Small Public Places into our City of Sacramento park inventory.
A public workshop was held on October 25, 2007 which allowed staff to get input on "Small Public Places in Sacramento" and discuss the role of these small parks and urban plazas in the City's parks and recreation system. Following the public workshop, Parks and Recreation staff met with the Parks and Recreation Commission (11/7/07), the Planning Commission (11/15/07), the Building Industry Association (1/9/08), and other interest groups.
Additional ideas and comments may be sent to Mary de Beauvieres, Parks and Recreation Department, 915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 808-8722, email@example.com.
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