Aurora, Illinois: Mastodon Slide

Small children can experience what it would be like to slide out of the mouth of a mastodon, in the form of a custom-built piece of playground equipment. Park includes a tusk maze and mastodon footprints.

Phillips Park

H.A. Wyeth Sr Drive, Aurora, IL
Phillips Park. Southeast edge of the city. Drive east on Parker Ave. until it crosses Howell Place and enters the park. Make an immediate left onto Wyeth Drive. Park on the right, in the small Mastodon Trail lot. Walk back across Wyeth Drive, turn right, and follow the trail with the lake to your left. You'll soon come to a bridge on the left that leads across the lake to the Mastodon.
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Mastodon Slide.

Mastodon Slide

Just walk over the bridge striding Mastodon Lake and you are on Mastodon Island Peninsula. There you will find a unique example of playground equipment: a children's slide in the shape of a mastodon. Kids can crawl up through the head and slide out through its mouth.

Actual mastodons were found in this lake in 1934, and additional replicas are proposed for this park.

[Joseph D. Kubal, 02/06/2017]

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