- Establishing a Wi-Fi platform throughout the state park system can help us interact with visitors in a more modern way.
- To date, 53 state parks have been activated with a target of establishing connectivity in about 150 parks within a year.
It is no secret that California’s state parks are loved by many. Our visitors are increasingly sharing their love via selfies and panoramic photos on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visitors want to stay connected with family and friends. We also know that visitors want to be able to check e-mails while camping with the family.
As the California Department of Parks and Recreation looks to interacting with visitors in a more modern way, establishing a Wi-Fi platform throughout the state park system is a priority. This is why the Transformation Team established the Wi-Fi in the State Parks Project. The primary goal of this effort is to deploy and install the needed equipment and software necessary to operate a centrally managed, wireless network that can support usage by the public and by department staff.
The Team has initially been targeting state parks where at least one Wi-Fi location can be easily established. To date, 53 state parks have been activated with a target of establishing connectivity in about 150 parks within a year.
We are excited about this project and how it will further cultivate an online community to partner in the enjoyment and protection of California’s natural and cultural resources.
Thank you to the Transformation Team, the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Information Technology Division and other staff members for working on this exciting and important project.
Below are some of the benefits of the Wi-Fi in the State Parks Project:
- Provides visitors access to interactive content like park and trail maps, historical audio or text tours, and regional visitor information such as restaurants, hotels, etc.
State Park System
- Identifies and improves operations by providing staff with more flexibility in doing their jobs.
- Improves communication amongst the park units and headquarters.
- Supports future endeavors such as the Reservations and Recreation Sales and Service (R2S2) Project.
- Stay abreast of the Transformation Team’s progress on their website.
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