Ekberg-Pine Manor Park: EPA Project Updates

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) is leading a portion of the remediation, or clean-up, of the Southeast Rockford Groundwater Superfund Site.

The site includes Ekberg-Pine Manor Park, which is also known as Source Area 7, or simply, Area 7. For the safety and security of our park patrons, it is best to continue to keep the park closed until further notice. Signs have been posted to notify patrons that the park is closed.

To continue with remediation efforts, Illinois EPA has recently completed the following:

  • Installed contaminant extraction wells and piping during 2015 and early 2016.
  • Removed topsoil containing glass debris from the park area, replaced it with clean top soil, and reseeded during August and September 2016.

The next step is construction of a building to house the treatment system east of the park. Illinois EPA anticipates that construction will start during Spring 2017. Additional projects are also likely to take place while the park is closed in order to improve the park and enhance the environment. We apologize for any inconvenience.

As we receive additional information about this project from the Illinois EPA, we will be sure to keep you informed. On their web site, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has posted extensive information on the history of the cleanup project, which began in 1989. The link below will take you to the fact sheet for the site with links to additional information.

Update: 10-27-2016

Information on U.S. EPA Website – History of the Project

For additional information please contact the Illinois EPA contacts below:

Illinois EPA Project Manager
Brian Conrath
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217-557-8155

Community Involvement Coordinator
Jay Timm
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217-557-4972


The IEPA (Illinois Environmental Protection Agency) is leading the remediation project at the site which is known as the Southeast Rockford Groundwater Superfund Site, which includes Ekberg-Pine Manor Park. Recently, the IEPA sent a letter to residents in the area outlining upcoming construction that is set to take place in and around Ekberg-Pine Manor Park. For the safety and security of our park patrons, it is best to continue to keep the park closed until further notice. Signs have been posted to notify patrons that the park is closed.

To continue with remediation efforts the IEPA will be completing the following:

  • Additional installation of wells will begin in late March/early April 2015. This will take place west of the playground facilities and also at the tennis court area. This will require temporary removal of tennis courts.
  • A treatment building will be constructed east of the park but this won’t happen until later in 2015

Additional projects are also likely to take place while the park is closed in order to improve and enhance the environment. We apologize for any inconvenience.

As we receive any additional information about this project from the IEPA we will be sure to keep you informed. On their web site, the IEPA has posted extensive information on the history of the cleanup project, which began in 1989.

Update: 3-16-2015


The IEPA (Illinois Environmental Protection Agency) is leading the remediation project at the site which is known as the Southeast Rockford Groundwater Superfund Site, which includes Ekberg-Pine Manor Park. This week, Ekberg-Pine Manor Park, 3750 Balsam Lane, will be closed due to work being completed by the IEPA. The Rockford Park District was just informed that the work will take place on Balsam Lane, the main access road into Ekberg-Pine Manor Park. For the safety and security of our park patrons, it is best to close the entire park. Work is expected to take several days to complete, weather permitting.

As we receive any additional information about this project from the IEPA we will be sure to keep you informed. On their web site, the IEPA has posted extensive information on the history of the cleanup project, which began in 1989.

Update: 11-3-2014


Area residents living near Ekberg-Pine Manor Park recently received a letter from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) announcing that additional remediation needs to be done at the site which is known as the Southeast Rockford Groundwater Superfund Site. This Superfund site consists of an approximately 7.5-square-mile area.

The Rockford Park District continues to work with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), since the IEPA is leading the remediation project. The Rockford Park District is supporting the IEPA’s efforts to ensure a clean and safe park for the neighborhood. At this point, the Rockford Park District has been notified by the IEPA that the park or portions of the park may need to be closed during this phase of the IEPA project. We continue to respond to IEPA’s requests in this remediation project and will continue to cooperate with their efforts to improve the environment and the community.

If we receive any additional information about this project from the IEPA we will be sure to keep you informed. On their web site, the IEPA has posted extensive information on the history of the cleanup project, which began in 1989.

Update as of 9-8-2014

 

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