Geocaching In The Twin Cities

 Derek J. Dickinson, Star Tribune  "Three Rivers Park District promotes geocaching as a way to get outside and enjoy the parks."

Derek J. Dickinson, Star Tribune "Three Rivers Park District promotes geocaching as a way to get outside and enjoy the parks."

Park officials in Anoka County and Brooklyn Park are weighing policies to allow geocaching

By Jim Adams, Star Tribune (2/24/09)

Anoka County and Brooklyn Park may join other Twin Cities communities that allow high-tech treasure hunts in their parks.

Park officials in the county and city are considering policies that would allow geocaching. Most Twin Cities county parks and a few cities allow the activity, in which people use handheld GPS (global positioning system) devices to find hidden, waterproof containers holding small toys, a log book and other items. Searchers start by checking a website, such as geocaching.com, to get a list of area caches, each with latitude and longitude coordinates.

“We know it is going on within our city limits,” said Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks Director Jon Oyanagi. “So we wanted to get a policy now rather than react to something later.”

The city’s parks advisory commission approved proposed rules for geocaching last week, and the City Council will consider adopting the policy in March, Oyanagi said. The policy restricts geocache locations, which must be registered with the city. Containers can’t be buried or hold anything offensive or dangerous.

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