Tuesday, August 4, 2009

How do you find parks, classes and special event information?

What do you do when you want to branch out and find a new park to visit? Do you ask your friends and neighbors for suggestions? Do you call City Hall? Is there a web page you turn to regularly? Do you just get in the car or on your bike and go until you find something green?

What if you are looking for something to do with your kids the weekend after next? Or, maybe your son or daughter expresses a sudden interest in a drama lessons – or you decide you’ve always wanted to learn to play Bridge and would like to take a class?

This can be more complicated than it sounds, especially in East King County, where one street can cross several city boundary lines.

Most cities in East King County have a strong web presence on www.myparksandrecreation.com. If you haven’t visited this site before, I recommend it. You can find parks, trails and recreation classes for most cities listed together, allowing you to compare all kinds of information and find just what you are looking for. I know of some other sites as well – many geared toward specific population groups. I happen to have young children, so I’ll often visit www.rubyslipperguide.com or www.parentmap.com to look for things to do with kids.

Please take a moment to comment and tell us how you get information on parks and recreation opportunities now. If describing a web page, please include a link. How do you think this will change in the future? How or where do you think Bellevue Parks & Community Services should get information out about our parks, classes and special events?

1 comment:

  1. We recently found this magazine/website for events/activities for kids: http://www.seattleschild.com/section/SCM0601

    Other than that, we usually do a search for activities and tend to end up at www.myparksandrecreation.com.

    If we want to visit a new park, we usually find those simply by driving by them and deciding to check them out. Or sometimes by looking at a map.

    The City of Bellevue Newsletter is a great way to get information about parks/activities out to locals.


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