San Pablo, CA Mayor thanks state for transforming brownfield into sports park

The newest sports park in Contra Costa County officially opened Sept. 8 – thanks in large part to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

The Department oversaw the cleanup and transformation of a vacant and contaminated former railroad maintenance yard on Rumrill Boulevard in San Pablo into badly needed open space and soccer fields.

Rumrill Sports Park is the newest community gathering spot in a dense urban environment.

The 4.5-acre park consists of three youth soccer fields, a practice field, a picnic area, tot lot, vendor kiosks and 62 parking spaces. The park also is a key component of an ambitious plan to revitalize the area along Rumrill Boulevard. A state grant and tax credits provided much of the funding for the park.

San Pablo Mayor Kathy Chao Rothberg said DTSC’s guidance played a crucial role in completing the project. “We are so grateful,” she said.

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