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Explore city parks with your GPS to find hidden 'treasures'

April 24, 2014

geocachingPark lovers in Johns Creek can now use their GPS-enabled devices for a sense of adventure as the City kicks off its geocaching game.

A real-world, outdoor treasure hunt, geocaching allows participants to use their GPS units to navigate to a specific set of coordinates, and then attempt to find the container hidden at that location. Inside the container are small prizes. Participants sign a logbook, and return the container where it was hidden. Often people leave trinkets for others to find.

"We thought this would be a fun way to get people to visit parts of our parks they might not otherwise see," said Recreation Manager Kirk Franz. "It's become a popular trend in other places. It's a great activity for families to do with their kids."

Geocaches have been stashed at all four of Johns Creek's parks. To find geocache coordinates, visit www.geocaching.com and search for geocaches near the park's address:

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve – 9770 Autrey Mill Rd.
Newtown Park – 3150 Old Alabama Rd.
Ocee Park – 10900 Buice Rd.
Shakerag Park – 10945 Rogers Circle