The City of Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks Department recently added its parks geographic information systems (GIS) data to a nationwide online mapping application developed by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
The new system known as “PRORAGIS” or the Parks and Recreation Operation Ratio GIS is located at https://host.appgeo.com/NRPA_PRORAGIS/Index.aspx. PRORAGIS was designed to assist parks and recreation professionals in the effective management and planning of their resources and facilities.
This application allows users to view parks, park facilities, and trails location information. Results show that the city has over 190 acres devoted to parks and open space as well as 7.5 miles of trails.
In addition to the mapping application, NRPA developed reporting tools that can be used to compare similar-sized agencies to show the value provided by parks and recreation facilities and services.
The city is currently compiling its 2014 operating budget, recreation programming, and staffing information for NRPA’s reporting tool as a comparative benchmark to similar-sized agencies. Results will aid in planning decisions for the upcoming 2015 City’s Parks and Open Space Comprehensive Plan Update currently underway.
More information on NRPA’s PRORAGIS application can be found at http://www.nrpa.org/PRORAGIS/.