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Excellence in Site Reuse: Vista View Park
Vista View Park, located in the City of Davie, Florida, has been open to the public since 2003. The land has been owned and operated by Broward County since 1971. On Friday, June 25, 2010 the park was awarded The Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 4 “Excellence in Site Reuse Award.” Being one of only three sites within the State of Florida that have been given this award, the park has had a great turnaround on helping to preserve and restore the Biscayne Aquifer.
Previously, the park was also known to local residents from 1964 to 1987 as “The Davie Landfill” which roughly took up 120 acres of inhabitable land in western Davie. In the early 1970’s, the site was originally designed to be used as an incinerator and a sludge lagoon which occupied about 10 acres. The lagoon was constructed as an unlined natural depression able to accept septic tank waste and municipal sludge. The landfill portion of the site took up the remaining 110 acres when it opened in 1975. Closure of the on-site incinerator in 1975 and the sludge lagoon in 1981 were the result of Broward County’s initiative to impose strict operational controls by terminating all liquid and sludge waste dumping at the site.
The primary environmental concern at this site was contamination of the Biscayne Aquifer, a designated sole source water supply to residents and commercial establishments in this area west of the City of Ft. Lauderdale.
The primary environmental concern at this site was contamination of the Biscayne Aquifer, a designated sole source water supply to residents and commercial establishments in this area west of the City of Ft. Lauderdale. The EPA became involved with negotiations in December of 1982 when the site was added to the EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Studies found the source of contamination was from the leachate of sludge within the lagoon. After several years of renovations and over $20 million in donations and grants, Vista View Park officially opened its doors to the public on July 12, 2003. The park now sits on 160 acres of land that now incorporates the old Davie Landfill and other surrounding areas.
Now being a site known for promoting recreation and recycling, the park is now one the most beautiful and active parks in South Florida. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection oversees environmental compliance at Vista View Park and groundwater monitoring is performed by Broward County.
Link to EPA Video
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