Homes near Mangan Park screened for lead contamination

Clean-up continues at a Sacramento city park that was found to have high levels of toxic lead. As the city leaders and the community discuss what the future of James Mangan Park will be

The City of Sacramento will test homes for lead near a city park where lead contamination has been found.

The homes are near James Mangan Park where decades of using lead bullets at the James G. Mangan Rifle and Pistol Range revealed lead contamination.

The gun range has since been shut down. Now, Sacramento city leaders are working to mitigate the lead dust issue.

Christopher Conlin, Director of Parks and Recreation, said more than 40 homes will be tested in the area.

On Tuesday, crews were in the neighborhood taking soil samples at homes.

"The biggest thing that we're trying to do is to communicate with people, be as transparent as we can, so everybody understands what we're doing,” Conlin said.

Irene Achondo has lived in the neighborhood for 54 years. She raised four children and several grandchildren in her home.

"It makes me feel uncomfortable, because I think that they should have. The city should have been aware of it or notified us, and I think they just tried to sweep it under the rug for a while,” Achondo said.

Lead mitigation at the park should be finished by December, Conlin said.

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