Technology & Parks

Wonderful when they can be married, as this story from the Los Angeles Times reports.

An excerpt.

Three months ago, a group of Google contractors began walking the trails of California parks wearing electronic equipment that jutted above their heads and sprouted cameras from metal globes..

They traversed San Francisco Bay Area beaches, hiked through the redwoods of Big Sur and trudged to the top of Marin County’s scenic Mt. Tamalpais while the cameras captured a continuous stream of images. The result: online maps that enable Internet users to virtually explore more than a dozen state parks.

The high-tech mapping unveiled Tuesday is part of an extensive makeover — an attempt by the state Department of Parks and Recreation to draw new people and revenue after years of stagnation, internal turmoil and financial scandal.

Officials responsible for preserving some of California’s most beautiful and historic sites want to show they can adapt to a wired world and appeal to a new generation of potential visitors.

“Years from now, when we look at the parks system, this is the time when we had the opportunity to make great change,” acting parks director Lisa Mangat said.

Other innovations are being tried as well. An experiment at some state beaches in Orange County enables visitors to pay for parking with smartphones, eliminating the need to slog across the sand to feed quarters into expired meters. Architecture students have designed new park cabins for people who wouldn’t consider sleeping in a tent. And a firm specializing in data visualization is developing software to make it easier to find outdoor activities around the state.

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About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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