Parents Demand Answers on Playground Lead in DC

Nathan Baca, WUSA-TV, October 2, 2019

The community meeting Wednesday night comes after WUSA9 broke news of high lead levels in 17 DC playgrounds.

WASHINGTON — Local parents attended a “Community Forum on the Safety of Playgrounds and Artificial Turf Fields in D.C.,” sponsored by the Park View UNC and D.C. Safe Healthy Playing Fields on Wednesday.

The forum included panelists Diana Zuckerman with the National Center for Health Research, Neuroscientist Kathleen Michels, and Diana Conway, President of D.C. Safe Healthy Playing Fields.

Recycled tire pieces used on the ground for 17 D.C. playgrounds were found to have “actionable levels” of lead, according to a report released Sept. 20 by the District’s Department of General Services.

This comes after independent labs, including the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, Michigan, tested recycled tire crumb rubber at school playgrounds and found potentially toxic levels of lead at two elementary schools.


Read the full article, see pictures of the event, and view the news segment here.