Arsenic found in playground wood
Traverse City — Test results suggest wood chips at a Grand Traverse County playground contain elevated levels of arsenic that initially were believed to be from the soil.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports the results come from Department of Environmental Quality testing done Oct. 5. County officials closed the Kid’s Kove playground at the Civic Center in late September.
Previous tests indicated the playground’s soil contained arsenic levels above the department’s limit for residential areas. Parks Director Kristine Erickson says officials used deeper soil samples for the second round of tests, which showed acceptable arsenic levels.
Erickson says the 18-year-old playground will stay closed while officials research the cost of replacing the wood chips. They are awaiting a playground inspector’s report on the structure’s integrity.