New Interactive Park & Preserve Maps
Explore County Parks from Your Computer! The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) is excited to present its new park and preserve interactive mapping site.
For more than a year, WCPARC staff worked with Washtenaw County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) developer Nate Arnold to develop the new site, which will allow greater access to information about County parks and preserves.
The interactive maps are accessible by following the “map” link when viewing a specific park’s webpage on the County Parks website. The link will open a new window showing the park’s boundary, trails, and recreation amenities. Use your mouse or touchpad to scroll for better viewing, and for navigating to features within the park. Hover or click your mouse on a feature to learn more detailed information, such as a trail’s surface material or what recreation amenities are available at a park. The interactive maps look and function much like popular online mapping sites, such as Google Maps.
Other mapping features include switching between a standard road view, 2010 aerial photo, and a topographic map. You even have the ability to measure and draw on the map. Since the new maps are dynamic—not a static PDF like in the past—you can turn on and off map features depending on what you want visible, and print your own maps with the content you desire.
As software development continues, the Commission intends to integrate photography of park features to provide a more complete online experience. Already available is a way to connect to Bing and Google Maps, which offer bird’s eye and street views of an area of interest.
To utilize the new mapping program, you will need Microsoft Silverlight. If it is not already installed on your computer, there is a link on the Parks’ website to download the free software.
The Commission hopes you enjoy the features available with the new mapping program. To try it out, please visit: http://gisapp.ewashtenaw.org/WCParks.
Kira Macyda, Park Planner