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City’s new mobile app shows local hiking trails

Posted: January 11, 2014 10:55 p.m.
Updated: January 11, 2014 10:55 p.m.
 

The city of Santa Clarita has unveiled a new mobile phone app to spotlight its system of hiking and areas of open space trails, adding to a growing collection of mobile offerings from the city.

Recently made available to download online from both the Apple App Store and Google Play store, the Hike SC app includes maps of trails and information on open space areas.

It also allows users to share photos of specific trails, so others using the app can see the conditions of the trails.

“It’s another way for us to connect with citizens and get the information out there,” said Ryan Drake, senior IT analyst with the city of Santa Clarita.

Since being launched for both Apple and Android devices, the app has been downloaded almost 250 times.

“We’ve got a lot of feedback already on the hike app that people are loving it and using it,” Drake said. “So it’s nice to see those download numbers.”

The Hike SC app joins a growing assortment of mobile applications created by the city. Drake said the city has a main app that provides information on city services and links to recent city news.

Another app allows mobile access to the city’s eService system, which allows citizens to report problems like graffiti or potholes, so the city can take care of them.

Other apps are in the works, Drake said, with the goal of releasing more this year.

“Everybody’s got their phones with them pretty much 24/7,” Drake said. “So more and more, it’s almost expected that we’re going to be in that space.”

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