September 14, 2015
City launches two new mobile-friendly web apps
Kamloops, B.C. – Kamloops is home to 180 kilometers of bikeways, pathways and nature park trails, 103 beautiful parks, and five cemeteries. These can now all be explored via two new mobile friendly web apps: Parks and Trails (maps.kamloops.ca/parksandtrails) and Cemetery (maps.kamloops.ca/cemetery).
The maps in the Parks and Trails app show profiles of the major nature park trails with the degree and severity of grade changes, allowing users to choose route suitable to their skill level. Similarly, the app shows steep grades of pathways and bikeways around town. The app can display points of interest for some parks, as well as a user's current location. Hardcopy foldout pocket-sized bike maps are also available for free at the following locations: City Hall, Development & Engineering Services, Tourism Kamloops and the Tournament Capital Centre.
Additionally the Parks and Trails app allows for searching for parks by their name, their address, or by up to 35 different amenity types, such as playgrounds, sport fields, picnic areas or beaches. Trails can also be searched for by name or by proximity to a location.
Kamloops is blessed with five cemeteries - three are historic, and two, Hillside cemetery and Pleasant St cemetery, are both active. The Cemetery app allows users to view maps of these beautiful cemeteries, to search for someone interred, or to research the location of a plot. With an aerial photo-based map as its background, people can search for a plot by its unique identifier or by the name of the person interred there.
The Cemetery app can assist people in finding a particular interment when cemetery staff are unavailable. The app also helps cemetery staff in their day-to-day operational activities allowing them to be able to search for any interment and show its location on their mobile devices from anywhere within a cemetery.
"We believe that by providing name search capabilities that the online cemetery web app will make it easier for people to find where their loved ones are buried", says Tom Sherbo, Cemetery Crew leader.
For easier subsequent access, once either of these web apps has been opened it can be saved as an Internet browser shortcut on a desktop computer, or to a mobile device's Home Screen if being viewed from a mobile device.
All maps and web apps can be found at www.kamloops.ca/maps.
Adam Chadwick, GIS Manager
City of Kamloops