Tech-driven improvements at local play park get underway


23rd March 2023

Topic Education, Enabling Technologies, Living & Inclusion, Safety & Security
Technology Wi-Fi
Sector Education, Enabling Technologies, Living & Inclusion, Safety & Security

Southwick’s Thompson Park is receiving more than £740,000 in investment to become a modern, interactive play space and home to one of only two interactive football walls in the North East.

The Yalp Sutu Interactive Football Wall is a nod to Sunderland’s city-wide digital transformation and highlights how tech can have a positive impact on so many aspects of our everyday lives for those living, working and playing here.

As a leading smart city, we are committed to using technology for good to continuously improve experiences and opportunities for Sunderland’s residents, businesses and visitors.

Liz St Louis, director of smart cities at Sunderland City Council, said: “Our children are growing up in a digital age and have the chance to leverage technology to open up a world of opportunities for their future. Learning through play is proven to be beneficial to development, and by integrating technology we can ensure activities are as interactive as possible.

“The new interactive football wall is a great example of how the digital transformation of our city can have a positive and enriching impact on the lives of our residents and their families. By investing in amenities across our communities, we can showcase Sunderland as a modern city of the future and a great place to live, work and play.”

Committed to leaving no one and nowhere behind and in keeping with Sunderland’s Smart City ambitions, there will also be investment in Wi-Fi in the park and in providing CCTV to help keep residents safe.

Read the full story to explore the improvements at Thompson Park.