Five Rivers MetroParks visitors now have a new way to access information about parks and trails from their mobile devices. Using the OuterSpatial platform, MetroParks’ new mobile application is free and available for both iPhone and Android devices. The app includes offline mapping and navigation — and access continues even without a cell phone signal.
Visitors can use the app to:
- plan a visit to a park or trail and make the most of a visit once there
- navigate while on trails
- discover new places
- locate parking, restrooms, picnic areas and other park amenities
- access information about ecological, geological and historical points of interest
- receive notifications about hazards, closures and other timely information
- follow outings selected by MetroParks’ staff
- share experiences and photos and connect with others who love the outdoors
- tell MetroParks’ staff about maintenance and other issues
“All MetroParks parks and trails remain open, and the new mobile app provides users with easily accessible information to help plan and enhance a visit,” said Rebecca Benná, Five Rivers MetroParks executive director. “It’s a one-stop tool users can rely on for accurate, up-to-date information on trails and recreation information throughout their MetroParks, the regional paved trail network and river access points. Visitors will enjoy a mobile app that helps them fully experience their parks and trails
The app also includes the 25 trail challenges included in the MetroParks Trails Challenge, new for 2020. Each challenge is listed as an outing with a suggested start and end point.
The app also links to the most current information regarding precautions taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. Visitors can help keep their outdoor parks and trails open by always following the CDC’s recommendations, particularly for social distancing, when spending time outdoors.
To download the free app, visit metroparks.org/mobile.