Sportsman’s Park facilities close temporarily for cleanup work

The Park District has hired The Shaw Group Inc. to analyze soil and water samples  at Sportsman's Park in Naperville, to discover the amount of lead still in the park. The lead is the remnants of years of shooting lead shot at the trap shooting facility. The firing of lead shot has not been allowed for years there.  |   Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
The Park District has hired The Shaw Group Inc. to analyze soil and water samples at Sportsman's Park in Naperville, to discover the amount of lead still in the park. The lead is the remnants of years of shooting lead shot at the trap shooting facility. The firing of lead shot has not been allowed for years there. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

Sportsman’s Park’s clubhouse and trapshooting range in Naperville will be closed until the fall to allow for work to clean up lead in the soil.

The 27-acre park site is near downtown Naperville. Naperville Park District officials have been working for nearly three years to meet an order from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to remove lead that built up in the soil over several decades of trapshooting in 17 acres of the park, which sits southwest of Oswego Road and West Street on land the district leases from the city.

The Sportsman’s Park project will include excavation, treatment, removal, and replenishment of the soil within the affected area.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency approved the plan for the work, allowing the Park District to continue working toward the goal of obtaining a no further remediation letter for the entire site, an effort supported by the city of Naperville as property owner.

Following the remediation, the Park District will improve the park through restoration of the natural areas and addition of new walking paths. Additional site improvements will include a paved access drive and parking lot, new ADA accessible walkways and trapshooting stations, improvements to the clubhouse and the replacement of trap field lighting, Park District officials said.

These park improvements will be funded, in part, by a Special Events and Cultural Amenities grant from the city of Naperville.

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