WEBINAR RECAP – Industry Talk: Data in the Park

  • August 20, 2023

In our latest Industry Talk webinar we were joined by staff from the City of Melbourne to explore their Data in the Park Program, which won the Parks and Leisure Australia (Vic/Tas) Best Use of Technology Award for 2023.

A huge point of interest for members, thanks to all who attended the session and took part in the lively discussion. Of course, a big thank you must also go out to our presenters, Alicia and Alireza, for their time and expertise. You can find the full webinar recording at the link below. 

City of Melbourne’s Data in the Park Program

Data in the Park is an ongoing City of Melbourne program using sensors and other smart devices to test how to best monitor use and activity in parks, playgrounds and gardens across the city. These parks have been transformed into ‘smart parks’: open spaces that can express their environments and how they’re used through technology and captured data.

This presentation shared some key insights from four active ‘smart’ parks in the City of Melbourne and spoke of learnings to help other parks and leisure professionals undertake similar projects.

About the Awards

Each year, Parks and Leisure Australia acknowledges excellence in our industry through its prestigious Awards of Excellence. These annual awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of ‘the people behind the places’ which promote good use of leisure time for a number of social, environmental and economic benefits to the community. The Best Use of Technology Award acknowledges outstanding and innovative achievement in the area of technology application and how that application has benefited the industry.

Read more on the award winners HERE.

Thank you to the presenters

Alicia Otto

Senior Open Space Planner, City of Melbourne

Alireza Toran Pour

Urban Technology Specialist, City of Melbourne

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