Corps hosts public meeting for the former Lee Field Naval Air Station

Published Jan. 25, 2016


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, will host a public meeting to present the Proposed Plan for the former Lee Field Naval Air Station – Landfill Area 2. The meeting will be held January 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at the Green Cove Springs Police Department.


The Corps recently completed a Remedial Investigation study of the area known as Landfill Area 2 -to determine if a landfill existed and if the military caused impacts to the soil and groundwater.  The Proposed Plan presents recommendations and alternatives to address areas of concern.


The public is invited to attend the meeting to hear details about the investigation, and to comment on the recommendation for the site. Results of the investigation conclude there is no evidence of a landfill, and no impacts to the soil and water based on the military’s past use of the site. Therefore, the recommendation for the former naval air station is no further action.


The public will have 30 days to review the Proposed Plan and submit comments by calling 866-279-4880, emailing, or by mail to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: Diana Martuscelli, 701 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Mail postmarked by February 29 will be accepted.


Project documents are available at the Green Cove Springs Library, 403 Ferris St., Green Cove Springs, FL, 32043.


The property that currently comprises Reynolds Park was once the Lee Field Naval Air Station. The Navy acquired the property in 1940 and used it until the early 1960s. During World War II, the Navy and Marines used the site to train pilots. Following the war, the Navy used the property to deactivate ships.


The former Lee Field Naval Station consisted of runways, hangars, utility systems, fuel storage tanks, piers, office buildings, barracks, mess halls, and family housing. The Navy declared the site excess in 1963 and deeded it to the City of Green Cove Springs, who sold it in 1965 to Mr. J. Louis Reynolds.

Amanda Parker

Release no. 16-007