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A Smart New Tool for Local Parks

The Department of Conservation & Natural Resources / Bureau of Recreation & Conservation is creating a statewide local park GIS layer for use by state, county, and local municipal staff as well as the general public.

DCNR developed a web-based mapping tool, which allows real-time input from stakeholders. Registered users have the ability to add a park, modify a park and remove a park, thereby leveraging local knowledge in order to further the accuracy of the local parks geodatabase development. Login with your user credentials to begin adding your park related comments.


Provide a consistent and comprehensive statewide local parks GIS data layer accessible to citizen's government entities, and other organizations in Pennsylvania.


For the purposes of this project, a local park is, "a publicly owned and publicly accessible park or natural area that engages participants of all ages in outdoor recreational experiences. Local parks provide opportunities for play and physical activities, and they promote mental and spiritual well-being and environmental stewardship."


  • Create a seamless statewide local park GIS layer using existing local park data sources.
  • Incorporate feedback from local stakeholders to improve the quality / accuracy of statewide local park data.
  • Provide a web based application for citizens and government employees to explore local park information.
  • Provide a mobile based application for smartphone users that will enable them to explore and locate park information, generate driving directions, and submit comments.
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