Farmington Hills wins award for interactive map

July 26, 2018 by  

For the 27th year, professionals in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) field came from throughout Michigan and the nation to attend the IMAGIN Conference, where two of Farmington Hills’ departments shared a First Place Award.

The city’s Central Services Department and its Special Services Department were honored for their entry in the Story Map category.

The Story Map was created by Chris Blunden, a marketing specialist, and Matt Malone, a GIS coordinator, who devised an interactive map of Farmington Hills’ parks. This is the first time that Story Maps have been a category at the conference.

A Story Map allows users to combine maps with multimedia content, images, and text, to tell a tale. In Farmington Hills, the Story Map invites users to ‘Find Your Adventure Here’, and then allows them to scroll down a list of parks. As they scroll past each name on the list, a photo of the park appears. They can then explore the park in depth using an interactive map, as they also enjoy videos, detailed descriptions, and gorgeous photos.

The city has over 600 acres devoted to parklands. The parks included on the map are all sizes, from Heritage Park, which covers 211 acres, to the Ice Arena, a complex of 70,000 square feet. The map can be found on the city’s website under Activities, then Maps, then Parks and Recreation Maps.

Efforts like this are a great example of outstanding graphic design, available at print shops.