The Gainesville City Commission will vote on funding arsenic contamination remediation in a developing Gainesville park at its meeting tonight. The remediation of Depot Park is already underway through funding from other sources, but with this action, the city would borrow about $1.6 million to complete the project. City Commissioner Thomas Hawkins says the contamination was first caused by industrial activity on the Depot Park land prior to its purchase.[audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Hawkins2.mp3]
If the contamination is cleared, Hawkins says Depot Park will be developed into a recreational center and house the Cade Museum for Innovation and Invention. He says commissioners will also look in to borrowing about $4 million for renovations to the Gainesville Police Department.