MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Athletic fields at Colonial Drive Park in Southwest Miami-Dade are temporarily closed following soil samples that revealed higher than normal levels of arsenic.

The recent sampling was conducted by the Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM), along with Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources.

The park, located at 10756 SW 156th Terrace, was closed “out of an abundance of caution and as a proactive measure,” according to a county press release.

Colonial Drive Park  was sampled as part of the ongoing effort to screen parks for potential contamination—which has prompted the closure of several county parks in the past months. To date a total of 215 Miami-Dade Park sites have been evaluated and determined to be safe for current public use.

Corrective actions will be taken to address the contamination and ensure the park is safe for the public’s use and enjoyment, prior to its reopening. Park users can expect to see signage announcing restricted, closed areas, as well as fencing closing off those areas to the public.

Other county parks also found to have the same issue include Hammocks Community Park and Chapman Field Park.

If you need more information, call (305) 755-7834.

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