Wallaroo Park
Opened spring 2018 in Woodforest, Wallaroo Park features a Sona Play Arch, a structure that employs smart technology for interactive games. A master-planned community in Houston is now home to a unique play structure designed for children of all ages and abilties.

Located in South Montgomery County, the Woodforest development is the first in the U.S. to incorporate a Sona Play Arch. Sona Play uses smart camera technology to measure movement of those playing its games. The amenity merges interactive technology and outdoor play in a fully-accessible park space. Wallaroo Park, which started construction in January 2018,  features the dynamic structure that uses smart camera technology to measure the movement of those playing games using sound and movement.

“This is very cutting edge,” says Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest. “Children are able to play a number of games and the smart technology is able to determine who wins. It’s all designed to keep kids moving and having fun.”

The colorful 12.5-foot-tall, 16.4-foot-wide arch is anchored by a play floor that features colors and numbers used in the interactive technology, all of which have increasingly difficult levels of play. Due to its size, the Sona Play Arch can also accommodate children in wheelchairs and is developed to be accessible for children with mental and physical disabilities. Developed by Yalp, the Sona Play Arch has been installed in more than 690 locations worldwide, including public park spaces, shopping malls, and health centers.
“The Sona Arch in Woodforest has turned out to be one of our most popular parks. We have a large group of home schooled children and I have heard this is one of their weekly lessons for young grade school children. It is a popular evening spot after school and filled on the weekends with all age children. The community loves it and they think it is really neat to have something so high tech for the kids to play on.”
Faith Pitman - Director of Marketing of Woodforest