Telling Stories About Recreation

Web page for Success Stories web site
Client:   California Department of Parks and Recreation

In 2015, the California Department of Parks and Recreation launched, a website to support its new State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).  GreenInfo helped the Department develop both the SCORP and the website which featured an emphasis on the 1,000 agencies that own and manage California's 14,000+ parks and other protected open space lands.  As a followup to this work, the Department asked GreenInfo to expand the website's capacity for showcasing success stories developed by these agencies to learn how others have built new parks and improved public facilities.

The Success Stories component of aims to support those who have received bond or other grant funding from the State, as well as agencies who just have a great examples to share.  Organized by category,  the site helps users focus on themes of community planning, conservation, maintenance, and partnerships.  Each story has and expanded description of the "lessons learned" as well as photos, video links, and the ability to download information about the project.

The site also invites any viewer to submit their own success story, via the Share Your Story page!

To build the story database, GreenInfo used PostgreSQL.  An interesting element in the User Interface for the story uploads is that users need to upload their thumbnail pictures at a fixed size - to help them, GreenInfo provided a cropping tool, allowing them to drag and zoom the image, then click to snip​ the downsized version of their image, which is used on the site in lieu of their actual uploaded file.

Focus:   Environment, Government Agencies, Public Health, Recreation, Social Justice/Equity  

Services:  Interactive Solutions, Applications Development 

Tags:   California, parks, recreation, SCORP  

Project Years: 2016

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