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Point Pleasant Park to test a mobile app in 2019

A technological update will be in the works for Halifax's historic south-end park after a _____vote from council on Tuesday
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Point Pleasant Park's Black Rock Beach (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

A technological update will be in the works for Halifax's historic south-end park after a unanimous vote from council on Tuesday. 

A mobile app will be developed this year for Point Pleasant Park, and will include information, history, and an interactive 'story map' of the park. 

Other updates will include an enhanced website and social media presence to provide information and guidance to park visitors. 

The 'story map' idea was first presented to council in November among other options to update the park's website. Run by software company Esri, its 'story maps' combine maps and data with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. 

If the map and updates are successful and popular with park-goers, it will be considered for other parks in the HRM. 

The original staff report explained that a story map could be created in a short period of time using internal resources, similar to one already used by the Halifax Historic Neighbourhood webpage.

Park manager Ray Wallace confirmed that the development will have no financial implications. 

"It would be an easy, comprehensive way to share information that is cost effective and relatively easy to implement as it does not require coding and is based on existing technology and support processes," explained the report. 

Staff within the HRM Parks Department will be trained to maintain and update the map.

 

 


Danielle McCreadie

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Danielle spent a year freelancing for various publications in Halifax and did a brief stint at HalifaxToday.ca before making the move to radio.
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