Park and Recreation Locator

Park and Recreation Locator


Park and Recreation Locator helps citizens and visitors locate and take advantage of parks and recreation opportunities in the community. It is a configurable JavaScript application, which is typically deployed by Parks and Natural Resources departments to provide the public with 24-hour access to park information, which can be viewed on desktop computers, as well as tablet and smartphone devices. As a user of the app, I can search for parks that meet my specific needs in a number of ways. First, I can either drop a pin on the map or enter an address and specify a buffer distance, to define the area I want to search. In this case, I want to find parks that are within 10 miles of my home address. In this example, there are two parks within 10 miles, and they are listed based on proximity. The application automatically highlights and provides directions to the nearest one, which in this case, is the Bicentennial Park. I can see additional information about the park here in the carousel, such as what amenities are available or services are available at the park and – if the park offers overnight stay opportunities – I can be linked directly to the website I would need to visit to make a reservation. I can also view directions from the address that I searched to the park, any photos that have been provided here in the gallery, as well as any comments that have been submitted about the park so I can get a sense of what previous visitors think of it. If this park seems like it might meet my needs, I can add it to a list directly in the application, so I can come back and refer to it later if needed. If I have a specific park in mind for which I would like to learn more information, I can simply search using the park name. Then, I can view detailed information about it in the carousel. Finally, I can also search for parks based on the activities I would like to do. If I search using the activity tab, I can specify exactly what activities or services I want to have available, and I’ll be presented with a list of only the parks that meet those specifications. If I add this one to my list as well, you’ll see I have started to build a sort of virtual itinerary here in the app. So, by using the app, I was able to discover parks based both on where they’re located, and on the activities that are available, and I was able to use that information to help plan my trip accordingly. For more information, and to configure the Park and Recreation Locator for your organization, please visit the Solutions Site.

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