Environmental problems put Confluence Park construction on indefinite hold

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DENVER -- A $4.2 million renovation project at Confluence Park in downtown Denver has hit an environmental snag.

Crews stopped work after hitting a small pocket of coal tar.

It was apparently dumped there 100 years ago when workers were making gas from coal.

But it means the State Department of Health and Environment has to figure out how to clean it up before construction can begin again. The project is on hold indefinitely.

Reporter Dave Young shows in a video report that people aren't happy about the torn-up condition of the usually scenic park where Cherry Creek flows into the South Platte River.