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Important Info Regarding Programming @ LSNC

June 24, 2019

Dear friends and supporters of the Leslie Science & Nature Center and Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum,

The safety of our families, campers, volunteers and employees are our top priority.

We are writing today to inform you about several programming changes made at the Leslie Science & Nature Center. Beginning this week, programming has been moved offsite following the results of soil testing conducted at a construction site for the planned Nature Playscape, as well as testing in nearby areas. The results indicated elevated levels of heavy metals and other contaminants.

Out of an abundance of caution we have decided to relocate programming effective immediately.

Summer Campers will receive a specific email regarding the changes to summer camp this evening. We are excited to have a beautiful outdoor space to utilize, and bring our incredible environmental programs for the remainder of the year.

Other programs, including preschool, birthday parties, scouts, and others will hear from us in the next 24 hours regarding options for your program.

At the discretion of the City of Ann Arbor the Leslie grounds will remain open. However, temporary fencing has been installed to prevent access to the areas tested and signage will be installed to inform park users to avoid these restricted areas. A second round of tests is planned by the City of Ann Arbor and we will update you when the results of those tests are received and understood. Those results are expected within the next couple of weeks.

The original soil samples were collected on May 30, 2019. On June 20, 2019 the city received draft soil test results, which indicated elevated levels of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, zinc, selenium, silver and mercury in addition to some semi and volatile organic compounds. Soil samples taken near the playscape construction area indicated elevated levels of arsenic and lead.

We understand relocating our programming can be an inconvenience, and we appreciate the support and understanding from our community while we await the results of further environmental testing by the City of Ann Arbor and a plan to remediate the area.

We remain committed to ensuring our campers have an amazing experience at an alternate outdoor location and we encourage individuals with further questions to visit the city’s website here.