Creating a Public Greenspace from a Vacant Plant Site
Mobile Gas created a public greenspace, Caldwell Field, on the site of a retired manufactured gas plant in the heart of Mobile. Vacant since the 1970’s, the site is located within the Bring Back Broad renewal project and at the headwaters of One-Mile Creek. Peter Keegan, director of engineering with Mobile Gas said the company felt they “needed to help beautify the area.”
Mobile Gas enrolled the site in the Alabama Department of Environmental Management Voluntary Cleanup Program. Working with a team of experienced environmental engineering firms, Mobile Gas identified and removed site contaminants in compliance with ADEM standards and employed best management practices to protect the adjacent watershed.
The project included community outreach and communication involving the City of Mobile and local stakeholders, as well as the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and local environmental organizations.
“We worked with the City Council and area residents to abate concerns regarding safety and keep the community up to date on progress,” said Keegan. A targeted environmental educational component led to development of Mobile Gas Leadership & Environmental Program which engages 3rd thru 6th graders at local schools in environmental education and STEM curriculum.
The public green space provides a community asset for all to enjoy and, said Keegan, “solidifies the connection between Mobile Gas and the community we have served since 1836.”