Metro Vancouver - More than 200 Vancouver Parks Added to iParks Navigator

July 16, 2014

METRO VANCOUVER - MEDIA RELEASE

July 16, 2014
More than 200 Vancouver parks added to iParks Navigator

City of Vancouver park visitors can now use a new version of Metro Vancouver's popular mobile phone app iParks Navigator to pinpoint where they are and get basic information about their favourite park, through a new digital partnership between the two governments.

Metro Vancouver introduced the first version of iParks in 2010, showcasing only regional parks. A new version was released in 2011, and then updated again in 2012 to include parks managed by the City of Richmond. Now, the most recent release includes information for over 200 parks managed by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation including popular destinations such as Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park as well as all neighbourhood parks.

Using maps and location based services, iParks Navigator gives you directions to parks – whether you walk, cycle, drive or take transit. The app also allows you to search for parks based on activity, and includes photo galleries and event listings. Mapping takes the concept of “open data” – government data that is available to the public -- to a new level. Other features include video profiles, photo galleries, trail advisories, an event calendar and safety information.

“We want residents to enjoy our green spaces and improve their physical and emotional health,” said Heather Deal, the Chair of Metro Vancouver's Environment and Parks Committee and a City of Vancouver Councillor. “iParks Navigator helps us discover and explore the many stunning parks, gardens and beaches that the region has to offer.”

Vancouver Park Board Chair Aaron Jasper said: “We are very pleased to work together with Metro Vancouver on this collaborative project – it is a great example of Vancouver's commitment to sharing data with citizens and other levels of government. We will now be able to reach even more park enthusiasts to highlight our well known green spaces as well as the many hidden gems in our large system.”

iParks Navigator is available as a free download for iPhone or iPad through iTunes. An HTML 5 version is available for mobile devices using other operating platforms. Developed by Metro Vancouver, iParks has seen more than 15,000 downloads since it was first released. This number is expected to increase as Metro Vancouver continues to work with additional municipal partners in expanding its content and usability. The vision is to offer iParks Navigator as an integrated, mobile source of information for all parks throughout the region.

To download iParks Navigator for iPhone or iPad: Search for iParks Navigator” on iTunes app store
Other operating platforms: http://webapps.metrovancouver.org/parknavigator.

For further information, please contact the Information Centre at 604.432.6200.

Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 22 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing. The regional district is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority.