Renovating Fairfield’s Gould Manor Park will now cost $1.4 million, officials say

In meetings this week, the boards of selectman and finance approved increasing bond appropriations for the cleanup by $450,000 to a total of nearly $1.4 million. An investigation into possible contamination on the site began in August 2019 after reports of potential asbestos that may have come from the fill pile managed by Julian Enterprises. Fill and topsoil from the fill pile on Richard White Way were used in renovations of the sidewalk in 2013 and 2014. According to town documents, $130,000 of the increase is going to perimeter fencing and a public bathroom at the park. Bremer said the costs associated with the work at Gould Manor Park were still under the original $945,000 approved for it. Although the remediation work has been done, he said other park improvements have not been started or finished yet.

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