Manchester City Council Release Park App

Sprytar and Manchester City Council have launched a revolutionary new app that will change how people enjoy parks in Manchester for years to come.

“We know that parks are places of enjoyment, a space for kids to play, for runners to exercise and for people to escape the hustle bustle of city life, but how much do you really know about your local park? How do you find out about a park’s history and ecology? How do you discover the best running circuits and walking trails and find out what events are happening, and when”

Sprytar is an augmented reality app that will imaginatively bring parks across Manchester to life. Ideal for inquisitive minds, both young and old, Sprytar is smart enough to adapt to the user’s interests through the use of augmented reality technology. Using an interactive map of the site, guided tours and quizzes are available which reveal landmarks and unknown park facts.

Manchester City Council is one of the first councils to implement Sprytar, which is now available in Wythenshawe, Platt Fields, Heaton, Boggart Hole Clough, Whitworth and Alexandra Parks.

Tom Matthews, the creative mind behind the app said:
“As a father, I am always on the lookout for worthwhile activities that we can enjoy as a family. Parks have so many stories to tell and they aren’t always easy to discover. Sprytar uncovers the stories and then presents them in ways for everyone to enjoy. I wanted to ensure that Sprytar was an app that both children and adults could engage with. Whether you’re a child looking for fun and games such as a treasure hunt or hide and seek, or you’re an adult that simply wants to explore the history of your local park and it’s nature trails, our app brings the park to life through sounds and games, taking you on a visual and immersive journey – all from the palm of your hand.”

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council said:
“When Sprytar first approached us about their app, we were already exploring new ways to engage our communities with Manchester’s outdoor spaces. Manchester’s local parks, squares and visitor attractions are full of interesting facts and landmarks, so having a user-friendly, interactive platform to showcase them is fantastic. We’re pleased to be one of the first to embrace this pioneering technology and hope that residents and visitors will engage with it as their park companion in the city. There is a function for visitors to add to the park information archive and we would encourage people to get in touch with Sprytar and share their knowledge of their park.”

The technology maybe complicated, but the user experience certainly isn’t. Download the app on your smartphone, select the local park or visitor attraction and scan away to explore and discover the hidden depths of Manchester’s parks.