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Commissioners’ Message By Tom Turchiano, President
GEOCACHING: Technology connecting people with nature
Can people really enjoy nature if they are on their smartphones? It may seem like an oxymoron to some, but we see it every day in the Anderson Parks. People logging their calories burned, tracking their mileage hiked, posting pictures of a beautiful sunset… technology is intertwined into our daily lives.
echnology can be a catalyst to get people out into the parks. While the Pokémon GO phenomenon has cooled off in the last year, we still see people in the Anderson Parks using their smartphones every day to capture “monsters” at various “game stops.” Mobile games that use location-sensing technology and “augmented reality” imagery create game worlds where people interact with digital content in certain geolocations. There’s plenty of hype about new mobile games launching soon that are sure to result in a spike in park visitation.
to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. You find the geocache, sign the log, put it back, and log your find on the free site, GeoCaching.com.
Geocaching is another activity that is getting people of all ages out into the parks. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure-hunting game that uses your smartphone or GPS device. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt
The Anderson Parks provide opportunities for people to get out and get active, featuring healthy lifestyle activities for all ages. Geocaching is just another fun way to enjoy your parks. Visit AndersonParks.com/ geotrail to begin your adventure!
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Geocaches come in different sizes, shapes and difficulties and they are everywhere! Worldwide, there are over 3 million geocaches in 191 countries. You walk by them all the time: downtown, in your neighborhood, and definitely in your parks. There are eight along the Anderson Park District’s GeoTrail and five more along the Ranger Rick® Trail in W. M. Johnson Hills Park.
The park district’s GeoTrail forms the shape of the letter “A!” There are eight geocaches along the GeoTrail and five more along the Ranger Rick® Trail in W. M. Johnson Hills Park.
Geocaches come in different sizes and shapes!
BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS
Tom Turchiano President Board member since 2012
Angie Stocker Vice President Board member since 2010
Dominic Wolfer Board member since 2016
Colin Ramsey Board member since 2016
Robert Herking Board member since 2014
The Board of Park Commissioners meets in regular session on typically the second Tuesday of each month at the Juilfs Park main office at 6:30 p.m. See AndersonParks.com for the schedule.
AndersonParks.com | SPRING 2018
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Adult Egg Hunts THURSDAY, MARCH 29 7 p.m.
Three egg hunts feature a mass start where participants gather as many eggs as possible. Redeem “special” eggs on-site for prizes. Registrations accepted firstcome, first-served and space is limited. Register in advance. Metal cleats and pets are not permitted. Not recommended for children to attend. AGES: 18 years and up WHERE: Riverside Park All Weather Fields COST: $5 per person, per hunt CHECK-IN: 5:30-6:50 p.m. Check-in cut-off is firm. Proper identification and registration confirmation required at check-in. HUNTS: First hunt begins at 7 p.m. #1: Golden Hunt (age 50 years and up) #2: Partner Hunt #3: Adult Egg Scramble WEATHER: Event is rain or shine (delays for lightning)
PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY! Registration Deadline: March 29 at noon