Edinburgh Outdoors – enjoying the city’s parks

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Edinburgh’s digital service makes enjoying the city’s parks and green spaces more fun

In Edinburgh you can enjoy the city's parks at the click of a mouse or the touch of a button on your smartphone. The city launched ‘Edinburgh Outdoors’ in February 2013 as a way of making information about the city’s parks and green spaces more accessible for citizens and tourists alike.

The digital service is built on open data and comprises a website, smartphone app, Facebook and Twitter account, which users can interact with, providing their own observations, events, comments and images. Edinburgh Outdoors offers practical information such as park maps and location of public facilities, as well as details about local monuments and tree collections.

The city works together with local parks groups to determine what information is most of interest to citizens, and it is continually adding new features. In future, the city hopes to add routes for cyclists, pedestrians and runners by importing data from partners.

The service has been well-received, with citizens actively contributing and talking proudly about their local parks. It has had a positive impact on health and wellbeing, as well as encouraging people to get out and get involved in their local community.

Find out more about Edinburgh Outdoors by reading our latest ‘cities in action’ case study at the link below.