It has been uphill for the pavement (and the Elephant) on superkilen but now finally it gets its deserved new trim! 🐘❤️ Elephant slide from Pripyat. The town of Pripyat was officially proclaimed a city in 1979 and used to be the top modern home for 49,900 workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and their families. Being located only 4 kilometers from the plant, the town was exposed to heavy radiation in 1986 when Chernobyl became the fulcrum of the most comprehensive nuclear disaster in world history. Pripyat, having previously enjoyed the privileged status of 'atomograd' (nuclear city) and the particularly favorable conditions of these Soviet model cities, was now evacuated and transformed into a ghost town. Since then, wild nature has seized the abandoned city with its 35 public playgrounds. Decreasing radiation levels, however, do allow an emergent tourist industry to offer e.g. Geiger counter excursions to the elephant slide.