THE City of Rockingham is opening some of its parks this weekend to a cohort of virtual creatures, big and small.
As part of Parks Week, the event will run for two weeks starting on Saturday, March 4, and ending on Monday, March 20.
Residents are encouraged to take their children along to their local park, where they will be able to explore a digital fantasy land playground using a mobile device and the Magical Park app.
Expect to walk with the dinosaurs or simply share a toadstool seat with a fairy.
Magical Parks in the City of Rockingham will include:
– Len Pike Reserve, Rankin Meander, Baldivis;
– Surf Drive Reserve, D’Arcole Turn, Secret Harbour;
– St Raphael Reserve, Grand Ocean Boulevard, Port Kennedy;
– Charnley Reserve, Gascoyne Way, Waikiki;
– The Avenue, cnr Bristol Street and The Avenue, Warnbro;
– John Butts Reserve, Royal Road, Safety Bay; and
– Ennis Ave Reserve, Unnaro Street, Hillman
Mayor Barry Sammels said the novel project aimed to activate local parks and encourage children to enjoy outdoor play.
“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,” he said.
The Magical Parks app, produced by Geo AR Games, is free and intended for 6 to 12-year-olds.
The boundaries for the game are set within limited areas of the parks, so check the City’s website or at the parks for details.
People playing Magical Park are urged to be considerate of other park users.