AECOM Transforms Contaminated Site in Canada into Urban Park

AECOM Transforms Contaminated Site in Canada into Urban Park

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AECOM's work remediating the contaminated site (before, left) has led to neighborhood parks and greenbelts (after, right) for Cape Breton Island in Canada.

A newly remediated Sydney Tar Ponds has reopened as Open Hearth Park, a 96-acre (39-hectare) green area that features several sports fields, walking trails, art installations, a playground and panels chronicling the history and future of the area.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 9:00am

CAMPAIGN: Cities for People

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Faced with the challenge of cleaning up one of Canada's largest contaminated industrial sites, the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency turned to AECOM to develop a design strategy to support the agency’s vision of delivering the CA$400-million (US$393-million) project into a public park based on the principles of sustainable remediation.

Learn more about how AECOM transformed 100 years of steel production contamination at Sydney Tar Ponds into Open Hearth Park in Canada.


Ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, AECOM is a premier, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm, with a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.  With approximately 45,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in more than 150 countries around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves.  AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural and social environments.  A Fortune 500 company, AECOM had revenue of $7.9 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2014.  More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

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CATEGORY: Environment