Cook County Forest Preserves

Perfect Merge of Nature and Technology for US Forest Preserves

Client
Client
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is a governmental commission that owns and runs the Cook County Forest Preserves. The preserves are a chain of forests, prairies, wetlands, lakes, etc. of ca. 275 km² inside the urban surroundings of Chicago. It unites recreation sites, a zoo, and a botanic garden.
Location
Location
USA
Industry
Industry
Government
Services
Services
Technologies
Technologies
ObjectiveC, Java, JavaScript, J2ME, HTML

Challenge

Cook County Forest Preserves aimed to attract more visitors and refine the park experience for visitors. They wanted to make all of the necessary information about local green areas accessible as well as provide users with the ability to search by location, activity, or events. 

Solution

Intersog created two native mobile applications for both iOS and Android. The software solution provided the robust functionality required, including the following features:

  • Detailed maps for each region with bike, hike, and blade pathways, activity zones, and descriptions of the area

  • GPS navigation based on ARC GIS map data

  • Event calendar and activity planner

  • Search functionality for locations, events, and activities.

The application was appreciated by both the client and users and gained popularity quickly.

Results

With the help of the app, more people have been encouraged to visit local parks in the Preserves’ regions. At the same time, visitors appreciated the complete info about the area and the opportunity to follow local events. GPS and detailed maps allowed them to feel more confident exploring the territory. 

In general, the app got a very positive response. The most popular functions were search, maps, and activity calendar.

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