The purpose of the Questionnaire is to learn more about the history of Old Smokey, the former incinerator, which operated from 1925 to 1970, and its environmental health impact on the West Grove community.

How can you get involved with the Old Smokey Steering Committee?
If you are interested in joining or learning more about the OSSC, please contact If you would like to sign up for the OSSC mailing list, please submit your email address below.

What contaminants have been found?
Contaminants include arsenic, antimony, barium, lead, PAH’s, and PCB’s.

Where has contamination been found?

Contamination has been found at the former site of Old Smokey (currently the Fire Training College), offsite locations adjacent to the former incinerator, and an additional 8 City of Miami parks:

Armbrister Park
3600 Grand Avenue
Miami, FL 33133

Bayfront Park
301 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

Blanche Park
3045 Shipping Avenue
Miami, FL 33133

Billy Rolle Domino Park
3400 Grand Avenue
Miami, FL 33133

Curtis Park
1901 NW 24th Avenue
Miami, FL 33125

Douglas Park
2795 Douglas Avenue
Miami, FL 33133

Merrie Christmas Park
4355 SW 42nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33133

Southside Park
140 SW 11th Street
Miami, FL 33130

What has the local government been doing to clean up the contamination?

The local government is in the process of assessing the level of contamination and developing remediation plans for each of the parks and the area surrounding the Fire Training College. As of March 2015, only Blanche Park and Merrie Christmas Park’s remediation plans have been completed. For more information on the status of the remaining contaminated sites, visit and contact your local representatives.

Local Representatives:

Mark Spanioli City of Miami

Wilbur Mayorga
Miami-Dade County, DERM

Alice Bravo City of Miami

Commissioner Marc Sarnoff City of Miami, District 2

Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez Miami-Dade County, District 7