Fu­ture park for town of the fu­ture

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - COM­MU­NITY

Rolle­ston, town of the fu­ture, has wel­comed a new type of space age fun to Sel­wyn.

New Zealand’s first Play­ground Cen­tre (PGC) Smart Play­ground opened last week in Levi Park. The park has been trans­formed into a Smart Play­ground as part of a 90-day trial aimed at bridg­ing the gap be­tween dig­i­tal and phys­i­cal play. It was hoped it would be a way to de­crease screen time among chil­dren. Six aug­mented re­al­ity mark­ers were now at­tached to ex­ist­ing play­ground equip­ment at Levi Park, which could be scanned by par­ents and chil­dren to ac­ti­vate mini-games and un­lock new play con­tent aimed at three to nine-year olds. Par­ents could down­load the games free from the App Store or on Google Play, by search­ing for ‘play­biba’. PGC CEO Si­mon Filleul said his com­pany was ex­cited to work with the Sel­wyn Dis­trict Coun­cil (SDC) to trial the Smart Play­ground.

‘‘The set-up process is rel­a­tively sim­ple for any coun­cil or play­ground man­ager want­ing to add a new dig­i­tal di­men­sion to their ex­ist­ing play­grounds,’’ Filleul said.

At the end of the trial pe­riod the SDC would as­sess whether to in­cor­po­rate Smart Play­ground tech­nol­ogy at other play­grounds in Sel­wyn.

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Levi Park, Rolle­ston.

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