- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A once-polluted Chicago industrial site is now a community park.

City, state and federal officials joined residents in the city’s Little Village neighborhood on Sunday to officially open the La Villata (vee-YAH’-tuh) Park on a 22-acre site.

The land once was home to a Celotex Corp. plant, which made asphalt roofing. The site was contaminated with chemicals and eventually placed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list.

It was remediated in recent years to allow construction of a park in the mostly Hispanic neighborhood.

The $19 million park includes artificial-turf soccer fields, basketball courts, a skate park and playground. It also has a promenade, multi-use trail and landscaping.

The city still plans to open a natural-grass baseball and softball field with concession and restrooms.

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