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Village to make sledding hill out of excavation waste

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Sculpting the soil into an 8- to-12-foot-tall sledding hill will cost about $20,000, Village Manager Ryan Cotton said.

A sledding hill was the third highest priority in the village’s recreational plan, based on surveys of village residents.

Cotton said environmental consultants said the material is not hazardous or carcinogenic — but, to err on the side of caution, the plan is to cap the sledding hill with a foot of impervious clay and topsoil.

The excavated soil is known as “historical fill,” officials said — meaning that the wetland area was once used as a dumping ground by previous generations. Years ago, wetlands were known as swamps and not considered valuable.

The hill will be created on upland just east of Village Cove Marina in the Mill Point Park Preserve.

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