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Dynamic plans $1.25M park with 'slag slide' and earthquake teeter-totter

Sudbury's newest tourist attraction will allow kids to imagine what it's like to be molten mining waste.

Science Park next to the Big Nickel is expected to open in June

Science North senior scientist Brenda Koziol overlooks the site of the new $1.25 million science park being built at Dynamic Earth (Erik White/CBC )
Big plans were announced for Sudbury's Dynamic Earth. A new science park will be added to the facility. The park will include a "slag slide" and a teeter-totter that simulates an earthquake. The CBC's Erik White met up with Brenda Koziol to find out more. 6:19

Sudbury's newest tourist attraction will allow kids to imagine what it's like to be molten mining waste.

A "slag slide" is one of features being planned for a $1.25 million science park under construction now on the grounds of Dynamic Earth, in the shadow of the Big Nickel.

There will also be a teeter-totter that simulates earthquakes, pieces of mining equipment to play on and walking trails around the edge of the hilltop property with views of Sudbury and the Vale complex in Copper Cliff.
Dynamic Earth plans to build a slag-dumping slide that replicates the daily dump of molten rock that is a byproduct of the mining and milling process. (YouTube)

Science North senior scientist Brenda Koziol said the park will give visitors "whole body experiences" that allow them to better understand Sudbury's science and geology. 

"In a sense it's expanding our gallery space," she said.

The Greater Sudbury Economic Development Corporation is chipping in $250,000 for the project, which is part of a $3 million refreshing of Dynamic Earth.

The science park is expected to open in June.

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