Fosters Daily Democrat – April 29, 2021 //
STRAFFORD — Strafford Regional Planning Commission has announced the launch of its Promoting Outdoor Play (POP!) online tool, which is an interactive map of over 300 publicly accessible recreation sites spread amongst the 18 communities in the SRPC region.
Funded by the NH Children’s Health Foundation, SRPC has created this map to help residents and visitors to the region discover the abundance of parks, trails, playgrounds, and other natural resources.
The regional planning commission’s POP! program followed on the heels of its Pathways to Play project, which initially allowed staff to inventory and map all recreation sites in the region. POP! took this a step further in that SRPC staff, with the help of much-appreciated volunteers, were able to inventory all 300-plus sites over summer 2020, taking photos and collecting data on park amenities and specifications. The result, the POP! online tool, provides users with information on the region’s recreation sites organized by the following categories: playgrounds, parks, trails and open space, sports, beaches and pools, boats and small watercraft, ice skating and sledding, and others. It also has a comprehensive view of all sites on one map.