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Red Hook Recreation Area Remediation

NYC Parks is committed to making sure all parks are safe and healthy environments. We have been working closely with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to test the soil in the fields of the Red Hook Recreation Area and to address historic soil contamination.  

Red Hook is a former industrial neighborhood that played host to a variety of industrial operations, including lead smelting, prior to becoming City parkland in the 1930s. Testing results at the Red Hook Recreation Area found a variety of contaminants linked to the area’s industrial past. Some of these contaminants were found to be close to the surface of the soil and, as a result, several fields will remain closed until their reconstruction is complete.

What to Expect at Red Hook Recreation Area

  • Soccer Field 1 – Remains open with a fully funded, long-term remediation plan
  • Soccer Field 2 – Currently closed
  • Soccer Field 3 – Currently closed
  • Soccer Field 6 – Remains open with a fully funded, long-term remediation plan
  • Ball Fields 1 to 4 (Soccer Field 4,5) – Closed to allow for re-seeding. A fully-funded, long-term remediation plan is being developed.
  • Ball Fields 5 to 8 (Soccer Field 7) – Currently closed
  • Ball Field 9 – Remains open with a fully funded, long-term remediation plan

Timeline for Remediation

Clean-up of these areas has been estimated to cost $105.76 million, and the project has been fully funded. Fields will be reconstructed between 2018 and 2023 in the following order:

  • Phase 1: Ball Fields 5 to 8, Soccer Field 7: fall 2019 completion
  • Phase 2: Ball Field 9, Soccer Field 2: spring 2021 completion
  • Phase 3: Soccer Field 3 (inside of track), Ball Fields 1 to 4 (Soccer Fields 4 and 5 in fall season): fall 2021 completion
  • Phase 4: Soccer Fields 1 (synthetic turf) and 6: 2023 completion

Visit our Capital Project Tracker for the latest updates on the progress of each of these projects.

Field and Court Permit Renewals

For questions about Parks permits related to the field closures, please call Eddie Vargas, Brooklyn's Director of Public Services, at (718) 965-8912.

About Your Health

  • NYC Parks and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene remind park goers to practice good personal hygiene, including regular hand washing and shoe removal, before coming indoors, and before eating or drinking.
  • If New Yorkers wish to get blood-lead testing for their children, they can call (646) 632-6032 or call 311 for information on the closest and most affordable clinics.
  • New Yorkers can find resources about lead and health, including signs of lead poisoning, at DOHMH’s Lead Poisoning Prevention page.

More Information

For more information about this project, please visit the EPA's Red Hook Recreation Area website.

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