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New ‘Smart Park’ Opens in Chula Vista

Parents can download an app for the kids to interact and play games using markers set up on the playground.

Chula Vista celebrated the opening of a new park that will use technology to get kids outside.

After two years of planning, the playground on Connoley Circle is open for children.

Mayor Mary Salas told NBC 7 there used to be a park in this spot 25 years ago but that park was torn down because the equipment and features were worn.

Since then, the community has been advocating for a new playground and park for this community.

"We have been waiting on this for a long time because we have a lot of kids around here," said Susana Juarez.

"It's about time," said Alberto Torres. "I know the families want to keep their kids around the corner, right here so we can keep an eye on them." 

The Park is also SMART -- which means parents can download an app for the kids to interact and play games using markers set up on the playground.

“Any new projects we have, we’re going to try and implement the best technology,” Salas said.

Other parks in the city are also expected to see new renovations this year after voters voted for Measure P.

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