ParkHerts online guide to county’s parks is launched

An interactive online guide to Hertfordshire’s parks has been launched to help residents and visitors make the most of the county’s beautiful open spaces.
 
The new ParksHerts web application helps people make the most of the area’s award winning parks and discover more natural beauty spots. Once they arrive, the application offers tips on a park’s key attractions.
 
With more than 100 parks in the county, ParksHerts unlocks the potential for lovers of nature as it makes finding the perfect park for a day out, dog walk, cycle or run, or simply a stroll to discover wildlife quicker and easier.
 
Councils* from across the county, including the Borough of Broxbourne, have been working together to launch the application for residents on 21 July.
 
Councillor Tim Hutchings, Cabinet Member for Public and Environmental Protection, said: “I’m very excited to use the new web application, Parks Herts, which will help people get out and be active in Hertfordshire.
 
“It is a great example of Councils working together and its launch, in Love Parks Week and as children start their summer holidays, is great timing.
 
“It’s so easy to use, so families can quickly get searching for the best park for a day in the outdoors and even where you can get a cup of tea. You can also find out how accessible a park is and what facilities there are.
 
“We’re lucky in the Borough of Broxbourne, and in the county as a whole, to have so many green spaces and this application makes it that much easier to explore them. I’ll be using it to learn more about Barclay Park, Cheshunt Park and Cedars Park in this area and I look forward to exploring further afield.”
 
ParksHerts contains information on Hertfordshire’s parks and open spaces that range from many acres in size to small neighbourhood green spaces.
 
The aim is to help residents make the most of our valuable parks and open spaces by providing information about walking, cycling and running routes, history and wildlife guides, activity trails, local events, maps and more.
 
The web application is compatible with all mobile devices and tablets, so users can find out more about our parks while they’re out and about. It can track users’ location, so people can find the nearest toilet, discover more about the history of the area or find a new route to explore on the move.
 
For more information and to use the application, visit www.parksherts.co.uk.
People can also ‘Like’ the Facebook page at facebook.com/ParksHerts, and follow @ParksHerts on twitter and Instagram at ParksHerts. For more information, people can also email parks.herts@hertsmere.gov.uk
 
* 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 is also supporting the scheme.