Hertsmere Council helps launch app to get people out and about

PUBLISHED: 11:53 11 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:56 11 October 2016

ParksHerts app screen shot

ParksHerts app screen shot

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Hertsmere Council has teamed up with Welwyn Hatfield Council and seven other districts from across the county to create a web application to help people make the most of the outdoors.

The team behind the ParksHerts app want to know what is important to the public when deciding to visit a park, whether they have a young family, enjoy walking, want to know about history, love nature or just need somewhere to walk the dog.

The app will be compatible with all mobile devices and aims to help residents find the perfect park for them, tailoring searches based on who is going and what they want to do.

One the app user has decided on a park it will tell them about the facilities, and once they have arrived the user can track their walk, learn about the surroundings and find out where the nearest café is,

Councillor Brenda Batten, portfolio holder for leisure, culture and health, said: “We are very excited about the new web application ParksHerts, which will help people get out and get active in Hertfordshire.

“It’s so important that people have their say and help us build an application that will be informative, easy to use and contains all the information you need about parks in our area.

“The minute you step in to a park you reap the benefits. Natural surroundings help reduce stress and tension. In just three minutes heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension reduces.

“It also makes us feel happier, amps up our vitamin D intake, which is needed for healthy bodies, and can even help us age gracefully according to studies.”

To take part in the survey go to https://www.hertsmere.gov.uk/Parks--Leisure/Parks--Open-Spaces/ParksHerts-App.aspx

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