Fairies and dinosaurs found at G.O. Edwards Park

Published on 22 February 2017

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G.O. Edwards Park will be transformed into a digital fantasy land from 4 to 12 March for Parks Week 2017, as the Town of Victoria Park partners with Parks and Leisure Australia to trial the new Magical Park app.

Magical Park, created by Geo AR Games, turns a normal urban city park into a digital fantasy land playground. Utilising a mobile device and the free Magical Park app, underutilised spaces, parks or playgrounds can become an exciting and engaging world for children and families to explore, creating a blended virtual world seen through their screens once they enter the boundaries of the magical park.

“We are revolutionising the way we see technology – literally,” said the CEO of Geo AR Games, Melanie Langlotz.

“Geo AR Games is leading the charge in Geospatial Augmented Reality, an innovative new concept that combines the great outdoors with mobile gaming.”

"Kids get to interact and explore a fantasy world where they have to herd kittens, run away from the bad fairy or come face-to-face with a giant T-Rex – all in a local park using a smart phone or tablet.”

Magical Park’s vision is to get kids moving outdoors in a safe environment. They are working to fill a gap in the recreation space, using technology to encourage healthy relationships with technology whilst sparking imaginations.

“This is an exciting initiative that we are happy to be a part of,” said Mayor Trevor Vaughan.

“We are keen to embrace the technology and use it to our advantage, encouraging children to get active and enjoy their time outside.”

Parks Week, which is managed by the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) and Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA), runs from 4 to12 March in 2017. As part of the event, councils and other organisations nationally are organising a programme of activities throughout the week.