Sledders who drove to top of Ruby Hill Park “very likely” exposed asbestos after tearing up sod

Denver Parks & Recreation says it may cost upward of $100,000 to mitigate damage caused by zealous sledders who, instead of walking to the top of Ruby Hill Park the day after the big storm, decided to drive on the moisture-laden grass.

Scott Gilmore, the department’s deputy executive director, said it’s not just damaged sod he’s concerned about. It’s also asbestos.

“This park is on a landfill, and there is asbestos underneath where we stand,” he said.

Gilmore said that years ago, before asbestos was regulated, old homes were torn down and the insulation, flooring and ceiling tiles were hauled off to landfills.


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