Last week, the Galveston Park Board unveiled a new website design with the goal of making the organization’s information more accessible to the public. Whether you’re looking for information about board projects, meetings or parking passes, you’ll find it at the newly updated www.galvestonparkboard.org.
“We wanted the site to be more user friendly so that the public can more easily engage with us,” park board Executive Director Kelly de Schaun said. “I think people will find it as a great resource to learn about the park board, from upcoming board projects to employment opportunities.”
A key user-friendly characteristic of the new site is that it is responsive. This means that it adapts to the user’s device. So, if you’re checking the website from your smartphone or tablet, the information is formatted in a way that is easy to read and easy to navigate.
A goal of implementing the new website was to increase efficiency, not only for park board staff, but for members of the community as well. Now, what once took a trip to Park Board Plaza can be accomplished online. Examples include vendor applications, special event reservations at park board-managed parks and public information requests. Annual beach parking passes may also be purchased through the new site.
Another user benefit is the ability to sign up to receive notifications of board and committee meetings in advance. If you can’t make it to a meeting but want to know what transpired, check the meetings’ minutes and audio recordings also available on the site.
Those who access the park board’s website for information about meetings, including the agendas and briefing papers, will notice that these documents are easier to navigate. Information about each agenda item now requires just a quick click instead of sifting through pages and pages of online documents.
The park board chose the firm Civic Plus to partner with for the new website. The Kansas-based firm specializes in websites for city governments and has more than 2,000 clients representing cities, towns, states and municipalities. The city of Galveston’s site is also administered by Civic Plus.
“The new site reflects the park board’s mission to maintain current and accurate communication with the public,” de Schaun said. “It’s another way we strive to be transparent in everything we do.”
Park board meetings are open to the public and the public may address the board of trustees during the meetings. Park board meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 1:30 p.m. at 601 Tremont St. If you are interested in seeing a park board issue discussed in this column, or if you have any questions, please send them my way. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.