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Wood taking measures to ensure field's safety


LAS VEGAS -- Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood said they are doing everything possible to make certain the area for the proposed Kerry Wood Field will be safe for children.

Construction was stopped after contaminants were found in the soil at the site of the $5 million, 1,100-seat baseball stadium, to be built behind Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago.

"We're making progress," Wood said on Saturday. "We're not going to do anything that's not safe for kids. We're working to rectify it, hopefully sooner than later. The plans are still to get it up and going and do what we have to do."

Wood, who is a guest instructor this spring after retiring last May, said he hopes to resume construction this year.

Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District, who are among the partners in the stadium, are working on a site remediation plan to be filed with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

It's not the first time contaminated soil has been found at the site. In 2007, the school replaced its football field and the soil was dug up at that time, and found to be contaminated. It took one year for that soil to be removed.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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