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Levi Park Smart Playground

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The Council is continuously looking to new concepts or initiatives to ensure our playgrounds remain appealing and are engaging to the youth of Selwyn.

As part of our drive to provide quality local playgrounds, the Council gave permission for the Playground Centre to temporarily install interactive technology at a local playground in Rolleston’s Levi Park to see how the community adopts the new technology. The 90-day trial will test the uptake of the technology and if it proves to be popular, it could be added to other parks in the district, if there is support from residents to do so.

The trial has no cost to the Council and no commitment has been made to keep the technology beyond the trial.

Let us know what you think

The Council understands why some people would have reservations about this kind of technology being placed in playgrounds. While we have had some negative feedback, we have also received support from people who are excited to give the new technology a go.

We’re running an online survey to gauge people’s interest in the technology. Information about the trial can be found on our Facebook page and website. We will take on board all feedback raised during the trial before making any decisions on whether the technology is rolled out to any playgrounds in the district.

Our consultation period begins Tuesday 3 October and closes on 24 October.

Survey: Give us your feedback here

Key facts about the technology

How much money did the council contribute to the playground?

The technology is being trialled for 90 days. There is no cost to Council for the trial of the apps.

The indicative install cost for a six-marker playground is about $1500. However, the Council has made no commitment to the technology beyond the trial period, and possible future costs have not been finalised.

How does the technology work?

The technology is developed by Biba Technologies, based in Canada.

Six augmented reality markers are now attached to the existing playground equipment, which can be easily scanned by parents and children to activate mini-games and unlock new play content aimed at three to nine-year olds. Parents can download the games free from the App Store or on Google Play, by searching for ‘playbiba’. The park can still be used in a traditional way.

The technology has been developed to address the concerning trend of decreased physical activity levels in children, and has been successfully trialled in America and Canada. It gives parents another option for encouraging active outdoor play, and supports them to provide additional play experiences for children.

Who installed the technology?

Council gave permission for the Playground Centre to install the application to an existing playground installation for a 90-day trial. The company has the licence in New Zealand to sell the product.

Last Changed: 03 Oct 2017


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