Parks and Recreation Portals

Location: Anoka County, Carver County, Ramsey County, and Scott County, Minnesota
Client: MN GIS

In an effort to address rising state health care costs, the Minnesota Legislature offered Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funding to 87 counties. 20 counties have implemented a “recreation portal” with the funding. Ramsey, Anoka, Carver and Scott counties, along with MN GIS and the Public Health Departments, contracted with HEI to upgrade each of their Trails and Recreation Information Portals (TRIP) from an ArcGIS Server 9.3 JavaScript API application to an ArcGIS Server 10 Silverlight API application.

The goal of the project is to increase awareness of public parks and recreation facilities, promote access and convenience for people to be physically active, and encourage walking and biking. Information displayed within the mapping application includes parks, trails, lakes, park amenities, park facilities, and photo points. Users can toggle between street, aerial, and terrain basemaps while using tools like zoom, measure, markups, and print to PDF. A variety of custom searches are programmed into the application. For example, users can search for all parks within a city, all trails within a specified distance of an address, or even search external services for attribute information. The application is programmed to show search results as graphic elements on the map, and contains point clustering for park amenities.

For more information please visit each county’s project website:

Anoka County

Carver County

Ramsey County

Scott County

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