Top 10 Recreation Apps To Inspire Your Mobile Strategy

In 2011, the number of smartphones sold exceeded the number of PCs sold (10 Mobile Statistics You Need to Hear). With the internet, email, and apps right in their pockets, people access the world from the palms of their hands. That’s why cities, parks and recreation departments, and other community organizations have built mobile apps to connect with visitors and customers to inspire activity. Here are ten mobile apps that will help you with some ideas when you develop a great app for your organization:

1. Ottawa Parks and Recreation App

The City of Ottawa’s mobile application offers information on all facilities and parks from child care centers to baseball fields and more. With an interactive map and one touch dialing to facilities, this app helps people find and search great activities from their fingertips.

2. Parks n Rec App

Users can search over 43,000 verified park locations around the United States with this free app. People can also search for pools, tennis courts, picnic areas, sports fields, and more.

3. Balboa Park App

Balboa Park in San Diego offers a way for mobile users to discover special events, museum exhibitions, restaurants, gardens, and more. With maps and bookmarking, this app offers a lot for visitors and residents.

4. Winnetka Park District App

Winnetka, Illinois offers a way for citizens and guests to find details about parks, recreation opportunities, golf courses, beach, special events, and more. Users can view the seasonal brochure, register for a program, and stay connected through social media.

5. City of Calgary Pathways & Bikeways App

This app is designed to offer ‘Calgarians’ people-powered alternatives of transportation. Users can search and find pathways and bikeways with an interactive map and plan their routes.

See more apps from the City of Calgary.

6. I♥Boulder App

I♥Boulder is a grassroots initiative to celebrate and promote the unique culture of Boulder, Colorado. With the mobile app, users can tag photos from their phones with one of many colored ‘I♥Boulder’ logos, and share them socially.

7. Recreation.gov Camping App

Search by location, date, and more to find campsites at National Parks, Forests and other recreation areas. You can view campground details and photos, pick the best spot, and reserve your selected on the Recreation.gov website or over the phone.

8. Ball State University Recreation Services App

Students, faculty, alumni, and guests can see all of the recreation facilities and how busy they are. The app is updated each hour so people do not have to waste time walking to the gym, pool, or wellness center if it’s too crowded.

     

9. City of Arlington, TX App

Visitors and residents can find recreation, entertainment, shopping and more with this mobile application. With social integration, bookmarking options, and ratings, this app does a good job of personalizing the experience for each user.

     

10. Sparks, NV App

Sparks, Nevada launched this official city app to provide users a way to search for special events, restaurants, parks, and more (even city softball standings). Users can use augmented reality to explore venues through their camera lenses.

     

SEE ALSO: 10 Mobile Statistics You Need to Hear

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  3. State Parks are featured with the Pocket Ranger App. (pocketranger.com). “These apps serve as an interactive State Parks tour guide accessible through today’s leading mobile devices. They are designed for both the novice outdoorsmen and the more seasoned park-goer.” They used advanced GPS technology to help plan park visits. There are currently 14 States represented with more to com.

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