Pennsylvania Local Parks GIS Data Layer Development

Statewide, Pennsylvania

KCI’s was selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Recreation & Conservation to create a consistent and comprehensive statewide local parks GIS data layer that would be accessible to citizens, government entities and other organizations in Pennsylvania.

Stakeholder Coordination. KCI began by conducting an online survey for jurisdictions to submit feedback on their local park data needs. Next, we conducted internal and external stakeholder meetings to solicit more detailed data requirements as well as come to a consensus on the definition of a local park feature.

Geodatabase Compilation. The final geodatabase began from a statewide inventory performed in 2003; but more importantly, it was augmented using over 60 local jurisdictional data sources such as park boundaries, park points, greenways, comprehensive plans and other local sources of information. Where jurisdictions had parcel and park data, the information was conflated in order to use the geometry from the parcels but with the park attribution. If a park layer was not available, but parcels were available, the team would use the statewide inventory to identify relevant parcel features and then conflate the park information to the polygons. In the worst case scenario where there were no parcels or parks available for a jurisdiction, analysts would digitize parks from greenway plans or digital orthophotos and attribute accordingly. The final geodatabase contained over 6,500 local parks features across all 67 Pennsylvania jurisdictions. In addition, each local park feature had one to many access points digitized in order to facilitate with driving direction capability.

Quality Control. Extensive QA/QC was performed using Esri’s Production Line Toolset (PLTS) in order to ensure referential integrity as well as certain spatial and topology checks. For visual checks, our quality control analysts reviewed the source data provided for the jurisdiction and checked the features that were captured in order to ensure the feature met the definition of a local park and followed an appropriate boundary.

Pennsylvania-Local-Parks-GIS-Data-Layer-Development-MobileData Feedback Tool. During compilation, KCI developed a data validation tool that provided jurisdictional users the ability to review compiled park data and leave comments. Users were able to add a point location for a new park, edit the attributes, modify an existing park, or flag a park to be removed. The objective of the feedback tool was to solicit information from the people who knew the area best – staff of local jurisdictions and regional planning organizations. Feedback was received and incorporated into the final delivered final GIS data layer. The tool was built using HTML5 and Javascript.

Mobile Application. KCI collaborated with DCNR’s IT team to develop a prototype mobile application that provided access to local park information. The application was targeted for the general public’s use and included functions for searching for parks based on amenities (ball parks, boating, trails, etc.) and geography. Once a park was identified, users could then view it on a map, read about its amenities and activities, generate driving directions or navigate to the local park website. The application was developed using the ASP.NET Model-Viewer-Controller (MVC) framework.