Belvedere takes up debate on playground surface amid growing worry
Nearly a year after approving a Belvedere Community Park playground renovation that includes potentially carcinogenic synthetic rubber materials, the City Council now says “the jury could still be out” and that officials should continue to explore other options.
The council took up the issue at its July 12 teleconference meeting at the behest of a growing number of concerned citizens who claim exposure to chemicals in the approved pour-in-place surface would be hazardous to children. Leading the charge is resident Bill Rothman, who has threatened to force a ballot initiative to remove the rubber surface at Community Park if it’s ever installed.
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