Riverside Park - McCall
For over 20 years, a portion of this city-owned 35-acre parcel located along the eastern bank of the North Fork of the Payette River served as the local landfill. Potential environmental problems stemming from the site's historic use as a landfill have prevented the city from moving forward with any plans to reuse this site.
There is no history of regulatory enforcement for this site.
The city's parks and recreation department met with both EPA and Idaho's Brownfields Program to discuss its plans for the site. With the assistance of DEQ's Brownfields Program, Parks and Recreation applied to EPA for a Targeted Brownfield Assessment (TBA). In July 2004, EPA's contractor, URS, conducted a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) in an attempt to determine whether or not any past site activities posed a potential for a release of contamination on the site. Prior to conducting the Phase I Assessment, URS determined the site's historic landfill use warranted additional (Phase II) assessment activities.
Parks and Recreation then applied to DEQ's Brownfields Program for the Phase II assessment activities. In August 2004, DEQ's contractor, Maxim Technologies, conducted the Phase II assessment of the site including installation and sampling of seven ground water quality monitoring wells. The Phase II assessment results did not identify unacceptable risks at the site given the proposed reuse. DEQ determined no further site assessment or cleanup activities were necessary at this site. As a result, environmental concerns no longer prevent the city from moving forward with reuse plans.
As stated, the property in question is located along the banks of the North Fork of the Payette River. McCall currently lacks public space with recreational facilities. This large, city-owned parcel in a scenic location is an excellent site for the needed recreational facilities. The city has completed design plans showing its plans for the Riverside Park they envision constructing at this site.