Farmington Hills parks ‘story map’ wins prestigious award

A unique web guide to City of Farmington Hills parks and recreation facilities recently earned a prestigious award from an organization representing geographic information systems (GIS) professionals.

The city’s Special Services and Central Services Departments shared a first place award in the Story Map category presented at the 27th Annual IMAGIN Conference. The Story Map at uses text, images, and multimedia content to engage visitors looking for information about the city’s parks and recreation facilities.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

Farmington Hills Parks Story Map

Photos, detailed descriptions, videos, and educational, interactive maps showcase the city’s 600-plus acres of parkland, from the 211-acre Heritage Park to the 70,000-square-foot Ice Arena in Founders Sports Park.

Matt Malone receives Story Map Award (1)
Farmington Hills GIS Coordinator Matt Malone (right) accepts the First Place Story Map Award from Thomas Van Bruggen, President of IMAGIN and GIS Administrator for Muskegon County. (City of Farmington Hills)

“By partnering with the Special Services Department, GIS Coordinator Matt Malone made great use of his extensive talents in helping to inform our residents about the great park offerings in the City of Farmington Hills,” said Special Services Department Director Ellen Schnackel. “Award-winning graphic artist and marketing professional Chris Blunden lent his talents for an unbeatable combination.”

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