The Parks & Leisure Australia Awards were held last week, in a gala event at the MCG in Melbourne. Among the winners, the award for Best Use of Technology went to New Horizons for the Parallel Parks project – an idea conceived and executed in partnership with Mammal.
We here at Mammal consider the Parallel Parks platform a flagship piece of work, both for us and for New Horizons, as it completely reconceives how people can interact with parks and nature. As we noted when the platform launched, it enables people with disability or other accessibility limitations to enjoy national parks, by creating experiences of those parks in virtual reality.
New Horizons Corporate Partnerships Manager, Kim Gracey, said: “This recognition of Parallel Parks will be so helpful as the project continues, in attracting both further content and other resources to expand the platform and to reach as many people as possible. We’re honoured and grateful to have been selected from such a diverse and competitive field.”
Luke Chess, Creative Partner at Mammal, adds: “This award is recognition for the many weeks and months of hard work by New Horizons and its many partners who have helped bring this to life – Mammal among them. We hope that this brings further momentum to Parallel Parks as it brings parks to people who might not otherwise get to experience them.”
Parks & Leisure Australia is the national peak body for the sector. Their aim is to build, serve and develop a strong and united parks and leisure industry in Australia. The annual awards showcase the work of parks and leisure professionals, delivering benefit to communities across the country.
Main image: Kim Gracey (left) and New Horizons CEO Judi Higgin (centre) accept the Parks & Leisure Australia 2018 award for Best Use of Technology.