2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 15:26:46 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Fort Ord (CA)
Fort Ord slowly morphs into space for recreation, learning
Complicated effort under way to clean up toxins, explosives left by infantry

By Leslie Griffy
Salinas Californian
September 26, 2009

FORT ORD - Evening fog rolls along the coast, past red, green and orange ice plant clinging to sandy hillsides at the former Fort Ord.

For years, the state's newest park was nothing but a dream.

But when the U.S. Army 7th Infantry left the fort 15 years ago this week as part of a national base-closing effort, things began to fall into place.

The move cut 17,000 military and civilian jobs from the area's economy but opened up more than 28,000 acres to new possibilities.

Today, California State University, Monterey Bay educates more than 4,000 students there. Big-box stores bustle with shoppers at the western end of Imjin Parkway, a four-lane thoroughfare that was once the two-lane 12th Street. A couple take an evening stroll through the Fort Ord Dunes State Park, which opened in March.


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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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