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Magical world unleashed to celebrate Parks Week

Magical Park app for National Parks Week
Augmented reality app Magical Park will be launched in Mary Kinross Park and Alexandra Park during National Parks Week.

A magical world of dinosaurs, kittens and fairies will take over parks in Bundaberg and Bargara this week in celebration of Parks Week.

The augmented reality app will be launched in Mary Kinross Park and Alexandra Park throughout the week, this year held from March 6 to 14.

The Magical Park experience includes six smartphone or tablet-based games including Augmentia and Dino Land.

In Augmentia children explore the park on their device while rounding up kittens and in Dino Land they must collect eggs while avoiding the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the roll out of Magical Park was a great excuse to enjoy two of the region’s most popular parks during Parks Week.

“Our parks and playgrounds are already a magical place for children to enjoy but with the introduction of the Magical Park games we’ll really see their imaginations run wild!” Mayor Dempsey said.

“This is a great way to engage young people with our parks and open spaces through the use of technology.

“There are six games to choose from in total that will see young people out and about in our parks.”

He said the augmented reality games were available for children to access via a smart device within designated areas in each of the parks.

“The game is played within a specific boundary and includes alerts when the user gets too close to the boundary or a road as an added safety feature.”

Anyone can play the games however they are most suited to children aged six to 11.

To access the games download the free Magical Park app from the Apple or Google app stores.

The games will only be available during National Parks Week. Signage about the game will be placed in the parks.

National Parks Week celebrates the role parks play in creating liveable, thriving communities.

In 2021 the focus of the week is the benefit spending time in parks can have on wellbeing. Find out more.