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November 24, 2017

Park in Philly suburbs closed because of 'potential health hazards' in soil

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Pollock Park Pottstown Google Maps/Street View

Pollock Park in Pottstown.

Officials have temporarily closed a park in the Philadelphia suburbs after a possibly unnerving discovery.

The Borough of Pottstown Parks and Recreation Department said Thursday that Pollock Park would be closed until further notice because of "potential health hazards that were recently discovered in the soil."

"We are working to finalize the results of a study and secure funds for cleanup required to reopen the park," the department wrote on social media.

Officials said there was no timeline for the closure and apologized to residents for the inconvenience.

The Pottstown Mercury reports the discovery was made while officials were upgrading the park. Unsafe levels of heavy metals were found in the soil, according to the newspaper.

Some residents told NBC10 they were worried about the possible contamination.

“I raised four kids here and now I’m concerned for them and myself,” Karen Bonenberger told the news station, adding she thought about selling her house.