Cleanup of park site to take more time

Tilton – (AP) – The cleanup of a planned riverfront park will take longer and cost more than expected.

The Environmental Protection Agency began the cleanup five weeks ago and found more extensive contamination from lead and barium ash. The cleanup was supposed to take four to eight weeks and cost about $348,000. Now, town officials say the cleanup will run about $500,000.

The ash is left over from when the town burned down the Pillsbury Mill in 1995. The two-acre site is planned for trails, fishing piers, an ice-skating arena and a playground.