TOPEKA - A new mobile app now offers Kansans the most comprehensive, interactive trail map available in the state to-date. This free, “locally grown” online resource not only provides a central location to post or locate healthy outdoor opportunities, Kansans can easily identify nearby trails and filter by surface type, length, usage and more.
In 2014, Kansas Wildscape Foundation and the Kansas Trails Council, both nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting active, outdoor lifestyles in Kansas, partnered to create GetOutdoorsKansas. This mobile app is the next step toward making it even easier to get outdoors across the state.
“GetOutdoorsKansas has been an innovative tool to promote outdoor events and activities for all audiences,” said Lynn Gentine, project director. “Communities and organizations can promote activities locally and statewide with ease and at no cost with this new, custom app. Plus, Kansans can now also find a nearby trail and monitor their progress as they hike, bike or kayak. Many trail apps are created outside of Kansas and are full of pop-ups and ads, or they charge premiums or are incomplete. The GetOutdoorsKS app is free of distractions and is designed to be a direct tool with minimal interruptions. It’s all about the outdoor experience.”
“Currently there are over 4,900 miles of adventure mapped and the trail team continues to record various pedestrian, bike, equestrian and water trails across the state,” said Mike Goodwin, project trail coordinator.
Recently added are bike and kayaking routes utilized by organizations such as Dirty Girl Adventures or Bike Across Kansas.
“State, county, city and river trails can now be found on a single map making this the most comprehensive trail map in Kansas,” Goodwin added.
Funding for this project was provided by the Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans, a Topeka-based philanthropic organization with the mission to serve as a catalyst for improving the health of Kansans. Additional support was received from the Westar Energy Green Team and statewide volunteers. For more information about GetOutdoorsKansas, contact Lynn Gentine at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.getoutdoorskansas.org.