The Oregon City Parks and Recreation Department recently launched a new mobile app that provides a new option for residents to provide feedback about parks.
The “HAPPiFEET – Oregon City” app is free and available for Apple and Android devices. Once a user downloads and opens the app, it will pull up a list of parks, starting with the facility closest to the user’s current location. They can also search alphabetically if they’re using the app from home or somewhere else. From there the user can choose to share with their name or anonymously, specify which park and share their feedback, positive or negative. They also have the option to include images while sending the submission.
Adoption of the app is part of the department’s overall efforts at increasing public engagement as they continue the Parks Master Plan process.
“Getting feedback from residents is a key part of the process,” said Parks and Recreation director Kendall Reid. “The whole purpose of updating the plan is to be sure we create a parks system that meets the needs and desires of the community. We can’t be fully effective in that goal without the public’s participation.”
The next public meeting takes place July 10 from 6 – 8 pm at City Hall. If residents can’t attend, the meeting will also be streamed live online. Another option to provide feedback is at the HAPPiFEET companion website, orcityparksandplay.org.
“By providing as many options as possible for residents to share their ideas in whichever way works best for them, we can make sure everyone has the chance to have their voices heard throughout the process,” said Reid.