Free Pokemon Go-style app set to get Lowestoft families on the hunt for dinosaurs and fairies
PUBLISHED: 16:21 07 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:21 07 August 2019
An interactive app has been launched to encourage people to embrace a town's parks and open spaces through virtual fairies, dinosaurs and planets.
The Pokemon Go-style game 'love exploring' hopes to encourage people to get outside, hunt for clues and learn about history in parks and open spaces in the Lowestoft area.
The interactive app was launched by Sentinel Leisure Trust in partnership with Lowestoft Town Council, Oulton Broad Parish Council, Carlton Colville Town Council as well as the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Suffolk County Council.
The free game features trails, quizzes, activities and points of interest to find and discover locally. Pictures, sculptures, views and information panels provide hints and clues to the answers.
Matt Stebbings, physical activity and health manager at Sentinel Leisure Trust and project lead, said: "I am excited to see all ages outside having fun exploring our parks and hopefully learning something new along the way. I hope to see grandparents, parents and grand kids all using our wonderful parks more often.
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"New games, quizzes and trails will be added throughout the summer to keep people coming back to the parks and enjoying the game," Mr Stebbings said.
Councillor James Reed, cabinet member for public health and prevention at Suffolk County Council, hoped the new app would contribute to Suffolk's ambition of "becoming the most active county in England".
"As a nation we have a real challenge with low levels of physical activity across the population and the problems that it brings both for the individual and society at large.
"Finding new and imaginative ways of getting people moving, especially through using technology, will be important in tackling this important issue.
"We will be watching 'love exploring' with interest to see if it can successfully encourage more people to be active and ultimately contribute to Suffolk's ambition of becoming the most active county in England." Mr Reed said.
The game can be downloaded from the Apple store for iPhones, or through Google Play for Androids.
Sentinel Leisure Trust will also be hosting community engagement sessions on the August 12 and August 19 at Nicholas Everitt Park and Sparrows Nest, in Lowestoft.