GoPlayKansas.com is a searchable database providing information on parks and recreational activities across Kansas. Launched as a pilot project for south-central Kansas in 2009, GoPlayKansas.com started as part of Visioneering Wichita’s planning process – bringing together thousands of people to plan for the future of south-central Kansas. Out of the process came a priority to use social media to organize and mobilize the community. The focus eventually landed on translating public information about parks, recreational activities and open spaces into user-friendly data. It provides open, free access to information on parks and recreation spaces, and coordinates the information on a local, regional and state level. Whether your passion is hiking or biking, GoPlayKansas.com helps people get out and be active.
Future growth will focus on sharing user-generated, real-time information; organizing common-interest groups; and advocating for improvements through the use of social media platforms. A mobile version also is being planned, so participants can identify their recreational interests and elect to receive free, up-to-the-minute text message or cell phone alerts about activities in their interest areas. They also could easily share real-time information about their experiences, uploading content such as photos and comments. The goals are to engage people in their physical surroundings, build community, and encourage people to become advocates for improved facilities.
Our mission is to create a resource that will connect people to their environment in order to increase physical activity in the state. The way we want to do that is through educating, communicating and advocating.