Sinatra Park shut down: Lead contamination

6/5/2008 Update:

Recently, the state health department pretty much told us what we already knew. From 1010wins:


Lead ain’t good, especially for kids

New Jersey Health Department
officials say lead found in artificial turf at three athletic fields can be absorbed by humans.

Since last year, elevated lead levels were discovered at Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, Lion Stadium at the College of New Jersey in Ewing and a field in Newark’s Iron Bound district. Other fields tested have not had lead.

The Health Department says tests show lead from fibers and dust can be dissolved under conditions similar to human digestion.

State epidemiologist Eddy Bresnitz says the lead levels are not high enough to cause poisoning to people who play on the fields. But he says it could cause more damage for children already exposed to lead.

The state forwarded the findings to federal officials.”

See previous updates after the jump. Oh, and the field is all complete now, FYI…


Here’s a video news report from a few days ago, for those that have satellite TV (or rabbit ears):


Hoboken Councilman Michael Russo sent this advisory out:



On Monday April 14th the State of New Jersey, Department of Health and Human Services advised the city of Hoboken that a limited lead screening evaluation of the synthetic turf at the Little League Field, Church Square Park and Sinatra Park Soccer Field was recently conducted. The report indicated that both the Little League Field and Church Square Park are safe.

As for the soccer field the Department indicated that while it had a concentration of lead that exceeded State allowable levels it could stay open for public use. The Administration in consultation with the city council has taken the precautionary measure of temporarily closing the field until a retesting of the site proves conclusive.

We have taken this proactive approach to ensure the safety of the children of our community.

In addition, we have arranged with Hoboken University Medical Center to provide free testing of all children who have participated in any programs at the site.

I will continue to keep you apprised of the situation as more information becomes available.



I wonder who’s gonna get the contract to clean this up?


From the AP:

High Amounts of Lead found on New Jersey Athletic Fields

Tests find elevated lead levels at some New Jersey athletic fields made with artificial turf.

State health officials say they found lead levels eight to 10 times higher than allowed in soil when they randomly tested two dozen turf fields around the state.

Among the fields found to have elevated lead levels are Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken and The College of New Jersey’s Lion’s Stadium Field in Ewing.

The state’s epidemiologist is asking the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate.

Health Commissioner Heather Howard says the New Jersey findings could have national implications.

It’s not known how easily lead from turf is absorbed by the body. Specialized tests on the high-lead turf samples are expected early next month.

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Friday, May 23, 2008 12:33 pm

Sinatra Park athletic field re-opens. Video report captures the excitement.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008 8:52 am

you sound like a 5yr old having a tantrum in a toy store. you’re a bit of a simpleton aren’t you?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 4:40 am

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Friday, April 18, 2008 2:48 pm

[quote comment=”78697″]Two things I want to clear up.
1) Hoboken adult soccer league does not pay a fee to use the field.
2) They do not need an insurance because players pay for their own injuries. Nobody is at fault.
3) You must live in Hoboken to play, but most players are connected and do not need to live in our city.
—–Show me the money——-[/quote]

I could be wrong, but I’m almost certain that the city charges about $150/hour to rent Sinatra Park… I believe both the soccer & volleyball leagues are subject to that rate

Thursday, April 17, 2008 5:54 pm

Or, maybe three.

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