Members of Digital Data Divide (DDD) go on a Treasure Hunt at City Park

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Saturday 20 July 2013 saw 30 eager members of Digital Data Divide (DDD) on a Treasure Hunt at City Park. When we were younger a Treasure Hunt involved finding sweets, but instead on this extraordinary Treasure Hunt the challenge involved solving tough clues that lead to various sites around City Park.

Searching for camouflaged butterfly pupae by S. Shah

Searching for camouflaged butterfly pupae by S. Shah

To find each site really made our brains tick.  We had to think out of the box, and work as a team to the best of our ability.  Once we figured out the site we’d make a dash there. But that wasn’t the end – at each site we would find a designated task, which we had to complete. The clues fully exploited City Park’s unique spots, making our teams dash from place to place, like from the maze, to the bridge and then over to the sculpture garden.

There were five teams, each consisting of 6 members as well as a runner who was part of the Friends of City Park group.  Right from the start the teams were whizzing: first stop… the washroom!  Are we sure its that way, or were we merely following the rest like sheep?  Did some teams have an advantage depending on the direction they were going on the map?  As the teams tackled one site after the other, we all gained confidence on how to read a map and find our way around.

Working in teams to complete an activity by S. Shah

Working in teams to complete an activity by S. Shah

Every so often the participants would come to a jolt and consult their maps, catching their breath in the meantime. Were they going in the correct direction? An argument would arise and through teamwork we’d come to decision on the right direction.   A great deal was being tested: from map reading, bearings, calculating distance, to the more difficult activities.  These included artistic talents of painting and sculpting; being able to create a story behind something, and name the various species of plant life.

Performing at the Band stand by S. Shah

Performing at the Band stand by S. Shah

Of all the tasks it was the one that took place at the bandstand that fascinated everyone including the ever so mischievous monkeys. We had to create a four-minute song about this ‘Green Paradise’ and its beauty.  Mouths gaped open at the length of the piece, but inventive minds came up with songs to suit the park, taking innovation to a whole new level with lively and entertaining performances.

Way-to-go DDD let’s do this again.

By Sahya Haria

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