Plans for a Nature Playscape at the Leslie Science and Nature Center (LSNC) have been put on hold after recent soil testing revealed concerning levels of heavy metals, including arsenic and lead, at the construction site. This preliminary testing showed a risk of exposure if the soil is ingested, so LSNC has relocated many of its programs, including day camps and story hours, while further testing is conducted. The affected areas on the property have been closed, but most trails and facilities remain open. LSNC and the city are working to complete further rounds of testing and will develop a remediation process based on the results, with the goal of finding a solution that allows LSNC to continue operating as normally as possible.
For more information and new program locations, visit lesliesnc.org.