Spatial Relationships via Mapping the World

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is a powerful tool for mapping our world and understanding spatial relationships.  GIS applications allow users to create a digital model of the real world that may be used to answer real world questions.  Used in a wide range of industries and disciplines, GIS is a valuable analysis and planning tool for park and recreation professionals.

Why GIS?

GIS analysis provides more robust evidence for action than traditional master planning techniques.  GIS yields decisions based on customizable factors specific to an agency or community.  GIS datasets are used to identify gaps and allow service providers to prioritize improvements based on evidence-based decisions.  An excellent resource to learn more about GIS basics can be found at ‘Introduction to Geographic Information Systems,’ by Robert Rose, GIS Instructor at Harvard Map Collection.

Case Study Examples Presented at Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA)

In-House GIS technology experts Dave and Carter, from our specialized planning team, presented a session at the CPRA Annual Conference in Breckenridge focused on their groundbreaking GIS analysis work in Stafford County, Virginia.  Arc News published an article about the project called ‘Ball Field Study Hits Home Run’ which can be found at