For decades this park in Hamden has been a health concern for town officials and residents because it was built on a former landfill. And back in the early 200s, testing showed that the soil was heavily contaminated at Rochford Field.
But now there will be some relief in the near future as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is set to approve $4 million in funding from the State Bond Commission to clean up the site.
In the early 1900s factories would dispose of waste at Rochford Field. Residents of the area say that the damage to the park has decreased property values in the area. Malloy says the $4 million grant will go a long way in helping the neighborhood bounce back.
The State Bond Commission is meeting at 3 p.m. this afternoon and their approval is the final formal channel the grant has to clear. But the commission has already indicated they will approve the funding.