Hertfordshire councils launch parks website and app after joining forces

Councils across Hertfordshire have joined together to launch ParksHerts, a website and app aimed at connecting residents with green spaces across the county.

The ParksHerts website homepage. Image: ParksHerts
The ParksHerts website homepage. Image: ParksHerts

The site and app allow people to explore what facilities, accessibility and activities each park has, or to plan a trip or a whole day based on things they want to do. It has collated information about walking, cycling and running routes, historical and wildlife guides, activity trails, local events, maps and more.

The online products are the work of the Hertfordshire Association of Cultural Officers Greenspace Management Group, made up mainly of public sector managers representing the different organisations managing parks and greenspaces in Hertfordshire.

The project aims to encourage residents to make more of their valuable local space and visit parks they may not have previously explored, whilst also supporting people to make getting outdoors part of their daily lives by finding places to enjoy and share with others. Information includes walking, cycling and running routes, historical and wildlife guides, activity trails, local events and maps.

It's compatible with all mobile devices and tablets and can also track users’ location.

Funding for the project has been secured from Hertfordshire County Council Public Health and nine Hertfordshire District and Borough Councils who have recognised the valuable impact that parks and open spaces can have on both physical and mental health.

Portfolio holder for environmental  sustainability and regulatory services at Dacorum Borough Council councillor Janice Marshall, said: "We are very excited about the new web application – ParksHerts - which will help people get out and get active in Hertfordshire.

"The ParksHerts project is a great example of collaborative working with our local authority neighbours. We will work to continually update and add to the site,

Hertsmere Borough Council, Broxbourne Borough Council, Stevenage Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council, Dacorum Borough Council, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, St Albans City and District Council, East Herts District Council and Watford Borough Council, Aldenham Parish Council. Hertfordshire County Council are all supporting the scheme.

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