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Trainsong Park partially reopens

Brian Bull
Trainsong Park in west Eugene was closed Jan. 13, 2022 after dioxin was found in the soil. The park will partially reopen Friday, Feb. 4, 2022.

Trainsong Park in west Eugene will reopen Friday (Feb. 4, 2022) after closing for three weeks after dioxins were found in soil samples.

Grassy areas and those with exposed soil will remain fenced off until the Department of Environmental Quality does more testing to better understand dioxin levels.

DEQ originally tested soil samples from Trainsong Park for background information on its investigation into contamination at and near JH Baxter and company, a nearby wood treatment plant. DEQ doesn’t believe the dioxins at Trainsong Park are from Baxter.

Baxter closed effective Monday of this week.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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