Op-Ed: Tech Can Enhance Parks

In the traditional view, nature and digital technology clash. But for many people, tech can offer ways to better engage with parks.

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March 29, 2016, 11:00 AM PDT

By Philip Rojc @PhilipRojc


Klyde Warren Park

Google Street View / Klyde Warren Park

Jon Christensen questions the notion that digital technology and green spaces don't mix. While tech can be more immediately engrossing, "we shouldn't jump to the conclusion that technology is part of the problem. This idea risks keeping innovation out of parks and open spaces, on the misguided grounds that technology somehow interferes with our enjoyment of nature, so we shouldn't need or want it outdoors." 

Tech can be useful to park visitors interested in how spaces fit into the wider landscape. "[...] we have an incredible wealth of information about parks and trails available online. Much of it can be found on websites maintained by park agencies and by park lovers, who share detailed information that can help you on your way and give you a great idea of what you'll find when you're out there."

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