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The Yalp Sona Interactive dance and play arch seemed like a great solution. It is playful, intuitive, and provides an opportunity to play like you’re at the arcade. It has a big game library and captures dance, learning, and imaginative play in one space. The location is on route to school, providing students a little nudge into being more active before and after class. The Hertsmere Parks Team was so impressed with the product, especially because it could measure the usage and see how much activity was taking place. Thus, they went on to invest in more Yalp products, which are now featured across the borough.
Hertsmere Borough Council was the first Local Authority in the UK to adopt the first three interactive playsets launched by our distributor Jupiter Play into the British market. Following the success of the Yalp Interactive Fono DJ-booth and the Sona – which attracted healthcare funding to tackle pre-school obesity – they were soon keen to increase the range of activities further by adding the Yalp Sutu Interactive ball wall to their innovative park. The council has placed the Sona and the Sutu near each other at Hertsmere Meadow Park. They installed the Fono across the street at Aberford Park.
"We regularly check how much the public uses the products, and the numbers don't lie, there is an increasing level of popularity!"
Yalp Sona - Meadow park - Hertsmere Borough Council
Yalp Sutu - Meadow park - Hertsmere Borough Council
Yalp Fono - Aberford Park - Hertsmere Borough Council
Aaron Niblett, Area Parks Officer for Hertsmere Borough Council, reveals: ‘’We regularly check how much the public uses the products and the numbers don’t lie, there is an increasing level of popularity! It’s helping to bring the community together and encouraging them to get outdoors and active. I’m so surprised other parks and municipalities in the UK have installed these products. We are delighted with the recent addition of the Sutu, and the public couldn’t believe it was theirs to use for free!”
Meadow Park was initially designed with ball games in mind, with several all-weather courts. Since the installation of the interactive playsets, the activities enjoyed at the park is far more diverse and imaginative. The interactive playsets also encourage more intergenerational play, which all-weather courts lack. With the addition of the Sutu – which has impact-sensitive panels measuring and reacting to ball impact – the sporting opportunities have extended further. The Sutu encourages people of all ages to improve their skills or try out new ball games such as soccer, tennis, and hockey!
“The equipment is a really unique and innovative way to encourage participation and activity within our parks. We like to be different and provide a variety of different elements for our visitors and have found that the items we have are really well used and well received by all.”
– Aaron Niblett, Area Parks Officer at Hertsmere Borough Council
"The public couldn’t believe it was theirs to use for free!"
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