Rockland park remains closed due to E. coli contamination

Sewer line work was being done Tuesday on Mechanic Street next to Snow Marine Park.
Stephen Betts
Sewer line work was being done Tuesday on Mechanic Street next to Snow Marine Park. Buy Photo
Posted Aug. 05, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Nearly a month after Snow Marine Park was closed because of high levels of animal wastes on the grounds, the city is no closer to knowing when it will be reopened.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said Tuesday that tests done last week following rain still showed extremely high levels of E. coli in park. Until those levels reach a safe range, the park, which was closed July 10 will remain so, he said.

The recreation director already has decided to remove soccer goals from the park and will relocate any games scheduled to start in September to the city’s athletic fields on Old County Road.

The city is conducting work to repair sewer lines that are tied into storm drains which caused high E. coli levels in the harbor immediately off the park but that is not causing the contamination on the ground, city officials have said.

The park had been used extensively by dog owners and city officials say that is likely a significant contributing factor to the ground contamination. A test to determine the species of the animal wastes is expected soon.

 

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