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New York state parks launches free mobile app

[photo1]NEW YORK — The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has partnered with American Park Network to launch the official “Oh, Ranger! NY State Parks,” a free iPhone® application that gives on-the-go visitors the ability to access valuable park information.

This new app includes more than 200 state parks, historic sites, golf courses, campgrounds and nature centers with amenities, directions and links to numbers and services.

“This tool is a great use of technology and the perfect customer service enhancement,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. “More and more of our 58 million visitors each year are utilizing smart phones and this new app will provide accurate, up-to-date data to explore the outdoors. We are grateful to our partners at American Park Network who developed this resource at no cost to the taxpayers and made free to the public to download.”

The state parks app allows visitors to become familiar with the parks’ properties, including contact information, directions, amenities, maps and events.

Information is updated in partnership with state park officials. Users can search by zip code and desired activity to find locations near them to go hiking, camping, boating and birding and discover historic sites, nature centers and more.

Users do not need to go online to display park information. Social media sharing allows users to post photos and share experiences with friends and family via Facebook and Twitter.

“We’re excited to collaborate with the state to provide the Oh, Ranger! NY State Parks app as a free public service,” said Mark Saferstein, publisher and editor-in-chief at American Park Network and www.OhRanger.com.

“We hope this will serve as an example of how public/private partnerships can help connect more people with the great outdoor experiences available throughout the state,” he added.

The app is currently available for the iPhone, iPod Touch® and iPad®, with an Android™ version to follow shortly.

To download the Oh, Ranger! NY State Parks app, visit the iTunes App store, located at www.itunes.apple.com/us/app/oh-ranger!-ny-state-parks/id548664594?mt=8, scan the QR code or visit www.nysparks.com.

For more information or help with the app, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com.
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