Just In Time for Summer…Virginia Beach Launches ParkFinder Mobile App

Monday, June 08, 2015

(Virginia Beach, VA) – Parks, basketball courts, beach access, fishing piers, fitness areas, dog parks, kayak launches and more are just a few of the many recreational amenities that citizens can easily discover via the new City of Virginia Beach ParkFinder mobile app.


Over 200 city parks and recreational facilities are searchable by name or proximity, including a link to driving directions from any location via the built-in GPS feature. Users can also filter by specific recreational amenities such as basketball courts that have lights or boat launches.  


“One of the neat features is that the ParkFinder app is more than a location finder. It’s also an event finder for fun, family-friendly, city-sponsored activities occurring at the parks and recreation centers,” said City of Virginia Beach Mobile App Developer Chris Golding. “Let’s say a family is looking for the upcoming Sunday Funday event at Mount Trashmore Park, the ParkFinder app becomes an event finder for people on the go.”


The app is free and available for both Android and Apple smartphones by searching VB ParkFinder in Google Play or the Apple App Store. Whether you are starting to plan your day or looking for future activities, the ParkFinder app can help you discover the many recreational opportunities available in Virginia Beach. For desktop users, a version of the app can also be found at vbgov.com/parkfinder.


“Part of our mission is to deliver parks and services that reflect the priorities and diverse needs of our community, so this new tool is great way to enhance the citizen’s experience,” said Parks & Recreation Director Michael Kalvort.


The app was developed by the City of Virginia Beach Communications and Information Technology (ComIT) Department and the Parks & Recreation Department. One of ComIT’s strategic initiatives in its multi-year Master Technology Plan is to enhance the citizen experience through mobile applications.


“We’re excited about unveiling a third new app, particularly since the Mobile App Initiative was launched a little over a year ago,” said Chief Information Officer Matthew Arvay.  “We also launched two other apps—one called ‘VB Connect’ which provides citizens 24/7 access to information about the City.  The other app is ‘VB Works’ where citizens can submit and track service requests such as pothole repair, lights that need fixing and more. It’s one more way that we are connecting citizens with government.”


Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay), visit VBgov.com/parks or sign up for our email newsletters at VBgov.com/eNews.  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/VBParksRec.

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