Spotted on Reddit: A New Database of Theme Parks

Spotted on Reddit: A database of theme parks. Apparently the data is based on an app called LogRide, which is a theme park tracker. The database contains information on over 1300 theme parks, over 3200 roller coasters and over 37,000 attractions. Tons of information and photographs and even a toggle switch to go between metric and imperial measurements. Holy mackerel.

National Park Service: Find your next adventure with the new National Park Service app

National Park Service: Find your next adventure with the new National Park Service app. “Created by park rangers with visitors in mind, the NPS App gives the public up-to-date information about all 423 national parks in one easy-to-use app. Visitors can download the NPS App in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store to plan a trip, find interactive maps, download maps and tours ahead of time and find things to do and places to visit during National Park Week and beyond.”

Gothamist: Newly Digitized Photos Take You Back To Central Park In The 1980s

Gothamist: Newly Digitized Photos Take You Back To Central Park In The 1980s. “When the Central Park Conservancy formed and began transforming the park in 1980, the group also started documenting everything that was happening inside of its perimeter walls. These early years were all captured with black & white film, and more recently they’ve been digitizing the old shots, which number in the tens of thousands.”

CNN: Masks now required at US national parks

CNN: Masks now required at US national parks. “Face masks are now required in US national parks when visitors can’t maintain physical distance and in all National Park Service buildings to help protect against the spread of coronavirus. The National Park Service mask requirement for all employees and visitors was announced by the Department of Interior in a news release Tuesday afternoon.”

Auburn Pub: Women’s park in Seneca Falls unveils digital collection

Auburn Pub: Women’s park in Seneca Falls unveils digital collection. “The Hunt family papers include more than 1,100 plans, contracts, essays, store records and correspondence from 1828 to 1856. They were held by the Jane and Richard Hunt family and private owners for more than 140 years. The park has been able to make them available online with support from the Northeast Museum Services Center, the park said in a news release.”

San Jose State University: Research Shows Lockdowns Did Not Decrease Park Visits

San Jose State University: Research Shows Lockdowns Did Not Decrease Park Visits. “Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning Ahoura Zandiatashbar scoured publicly available data and found that although we have limited our visits to stores, Americans are still visiting parks and beaches at near pre-pandemic rates. In the journal Landscape and Urban Planning, Zandiatashbar—a newly hired faculty member in SJSU’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Social Sciences—published a study he co-authored with Shima Hamidi, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.”

Attractions Magazine: Discover the stories behind the rides with ‘Park Lore’

Attractions Magazine: Discover the stories behind the rides with ‘Park Lore’. “Launched this month by entertainment writer Brian Krosnick, Park Lore is a new, comprehensive online library of the artwork, concepts, memories, and stories behind classic theme park attractions. Park Lore offers readers in-depth features that chronicle the making-of and ‘ride-throughs’ of not just the popular rides we know today, but also plenty of closed, classic ‘Lost Legends,’ never-built ‘Possibilitylands,’ and the true stories of (and lessons learned from) ‘Declassified Disasters.’”

InPark Magazine: New website offers tool for attraction designers based on work of industry legend Harrison ‘Buzz’ Price

A little outside my usual, but I like it; this site reminds me of some of the “expert in a box” systems you’d hear about from Tom Peters. InPark Magazine: New website offers tool for attraction designers based on work of industry legend Harrison ‘Buzz’ Price. “The site is essentially a question and answer session with Buzz Price. First, he asks visitors to the web site a few questions about their potential project, such as desired attendance, seasonality, attraction mix, etc. Then, after sharing calculations on peak month, peak week and design day attendance, people can ask Buzz Price questions…”

The City: As City Reopens, Playgrounds Within Parks Keep Green Space on Lockdown

The City: As City Reopens, Playgrounds Within Parks Keep Green Space on Lockdown. “In Midwood, Brooklyn, local kids have taken to playing on a strip of grass between Kolbert Playground’s locked gates and the sidewalk, while empty benches and open space adjacent to the play equipment remain behind lock and key. In the East Village, the sliver of green space just north of Houston Street is locked around First Park Playground. In the South Bronx, the whole block around Mullaly Park’s skate park, playground and basketball courts is locked, along with two large lawns and seating areas. As summer approaches, it’s unclear exactly when they’ll all re-open.”

CNN: Disney CEO explains why it’s safe to go back to Disney World

CNN: Disney CEO explains why it’s safe to go back to Disney World. “The Disney resort located in Orlando, Florida plans to reopen on July 11 for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks and July 15 for EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, the company said on Wednesday. The resort, which closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, will implement several health and safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus during a phased reopening. [Bob] Chapek spoke with CNN Business about reopening the parks and how different they will look under the new health guidelines.”

The Conversation: Coronavirus closures could lead to a radical revolution in conservation

The Conversation: Coronavirus closures could lead to a radical revolution in conservation. “In the early days of the COVID-19 lockdowns, social media was flooded with reports of animals reclaiming abandoned environments. According to one widely shared post, dolphins had returned to the canals of Venice. While many of those stories have since been debunked, conservationists are providing legitimate reports of cleaner air and water, and wildlife reclaiming contested habitats. With widespread closures of parks and conservation areas around the world, could this be an opportunity to transform the way we manage and use these protected environments?”

State of New Jersey: To Celebrate Earth Day, DEP Launches Online Stay-at-Home Activities, Learning Tools And Virtual Park Visits

State of New Jersey: To Celebrate Earth Day, DEP Launches Online Stay-at-Home Activities, Learning Tools And Virtual Park Visits. “Visitors can also check in on active peregrine falcon and bald eagle nests through the live webcams maintained by the Wildlife Conservation Foundation of New Jersey, as well as the group’s many other interesting wildlife video and educational offerings. New Jersey’s Division of Parks and Forestry is also bringing New Jersey’s parks to visitors virtually. Its popular #IHeartNJParks campaign now connects with the public through virtual access through its Facebook and Instagram pages ( https://www.facebook.com/NewJerseyStateParks/ and https://www.instagram.com/newjerseystateparks). The campaign posts new content each day, including a special collection of park tours and projects, interviews with experts and never published historical photos. In addition, through a series of stunning, even inspiring, videos, families can make virtual visits to popular parks and historic sites from High Point to Cape May Point.”

Out There Colorado: Crowding at Colorado’s Front Range parks and trails tracked by new website

Out There Colorado: Crowding at Colorado’s Front Range parks and trails tracked by new website. “Analytical as they are, Connor McCormick and his friends from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs took their own dive into data before the coronavirus outbreak swept the nation. ‘We were watching the graphs and doing the math,’ McCormick said. ‘We started thinking, “This is gonna be really bad.”‘ Entrepreneurial as the 20-somethings are — having secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in investments on past projects — they started thinking of something people could use. They thought of their favorite parks and open spaces, again rightly predicting trails would be overrun.”

Route Fifty: Using Data to Ensure Equitable Funding for Parks

Route Fifty: Using Data to Ensure Equitable Funding for Parks. “Tactics vary from place to place, but each municipality highlighted in the report relied on data to make impartial decisions about funding. During the budget process in Detroit, for example, city officials use multiple data points—including housing prices, rates of childhood obesity, minority households, foreclosure rates and high rates of violent crime—to identify parks in every corner of the city that haven’t seen capital improvements in years, sometimes decades.”

The Ashahi Shimbun: Sublime scenes in Oze National Park on Google Street View

The Asahi Shimbun: Sublime scenes in Oze National Park on Google Street View. “Not everybody is able to visit Oze National Park straddling Gunma, Fukushima, Niigata and Tochigi prefectures, but now the magnificent landscape of two popular destinations there is available on Google Street View. The service allows viewers to take in the sights as if they were actually on site. They can also take a virtual stroll on a wooden causeway by switching images on the website.”