EXPLORE THE TOWPATH TRAIL IN AKRON AT THE "HIKE THE 330" EVENT

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Media Contact: Roger Riddle - rriddle@visitakron-summit.org

The past meets the future as augmented reality brings Akron's Towpath Trail to life.

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This event is the second of three events created by Roger Riddle as part of the Niantic Knight fellowship program.

Akron, OH – On November 24, Pokémon GO Trainers and Ingress Agents will take to a mile-long stretch of Akron's Towpath Trail as part of “Hike the 330.” The event, which runs from 11am - 4pm, will pair Niantic's Pokémon GO and Ingress games with a custom augmented reality app created by the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.

Players will start at the Richard Howe House, headquarters of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. From there, they will head to the skeleton of a canal boat in Lock 2 Park. Through the magic of augmented reality, they can see what the canal boat would have looked like in the 1800s, thanks to an experience created by local augmented and virtual reality company New Territory.  Pokémon will encourage players to proceed to the endpoint at The Mustill Store. New PokéStops and Ingress Portals will highlight cultural and historical points of interest. Players wishing to compete for prizes can answer questions about the historical points of interest at each of the participating PokéStops and Portals.

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“Hike the 330” is a collaboration between Niantic/Knight Fellow Roger Riddle and Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition Communications Director Katelyn Freil.

The Niantic/Knight Fellows Program—a partnership of Pokémon GO developer and publisher,  Niantic, Inc., and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation—was launched in August 2018. Riddle is in the first class of five fellows who will use Niantic technologies, such as those found in Pokémon GO, to create a positive impact in their communities. The fellowship was created to help develop and enhance community programs that look to create a positive impact, promote social learning, and foster civic engagement. The fellowship includes a stipend to execute community events, such as “Hike the 330.”

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“The Towpath Trail is one of my favorite ways to experience the great outdoors in Akron. People should come out and experience this amazing asset in a whole new way through this event,” said Riddle.

“We are eager to partner with Roger on Hike the 330. This provides a great opportunity to engage people along the Towpath Trail and share an exciting new opportunity for people to learn about the history of the Ohio & Erie Canal. At the end of the day, this event will engage our community around the canal and the Towpath, two of our most distinctive assets,” said Freil.

The final event of the Niantic/Knight fellowship will take place in Kenmore on December 1.  

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To learn more about the Niantic/Knight Fellows Program, please visit here.

The Ohio & Erie Canalway Association (OECA) is the 501(c)(3) non-profit designated by the U.S. Congress in the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor Act of 1996 as the management entity for the National Heritage Area. The Association operates as a regional extension of its two founding organizations: Canalway Partners, representing Cuyahoga County, and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, representing the southern three counties of Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas. To learn more about the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition please visit here.

Established in 1973 to promote Akron/Summit County as an ideal destination for business and leisure travel, the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau is the clearinghouse for area travel and tourism information. To learn more about the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau please visit here.

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