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Berlin's Heron Park Temporarily Closed Following Chemical Spill

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BERLIN, Md.- Heron Park, formally known as Berlin Falls Park, is closed temporarily following the hefty costs associated with a chemical spill. 

Before the chemical spill, the town had just finished a demolition project in the park, leaving leftover debris. Town officials say they don't have enough money for cleanup, forcing them to temporarily shut down the park.

"We want to have full confidence of caution, we don't want anyone's curiosity to take a chance of them climbing up on the debris," says Berlin Mayor Gee Williams. 

Lack of funding is the reason why the debris still sits there. The town has spent about $260,578 cleaning up the spill and now town officials say they don't have the money to remove the debris. 

Jeff Smith has two kids and says as much as he enjoys the park, it deserved to be roped off and closed to the public. 

"There's piles of rebar sitting next to the entrance of the park. It just seems like it's too much of a liability and seems like someone could get hurt."

In the meantime, the town is working to come up with an estimate of how much in-house cleanup would cost, and a way to possibly fence off the debris. 

 

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