Bingham Park sitting on contaminated soil

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Plans to make much-needed improvements to Bingham Park in east Greensboro are on hold after environmental testing uncovered contamination in the soil.

It turns out the land was the site of a waste incinerator for more than 30 years. The incinerator was moved in the 1950s, but soil tests still show elevated levels of lead.

As a result, plans to add things like a new playground, trails and a basketball court have been postponed.

“There's no immediate danger. They've done plenty of testing. The challenge is, if you get down into it, if you dig down a certain depth, does that create a challenge or exposure issue? We don’t want to do that,” said Chris Wilson, assistant city manager for the City of Greensboro.

Wilson says city staff is expected to meet with representatives from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources to get additional information about the contamination in early October.