District Launches New Mobile-Friendly Website with New Look and Features
New Website Is Mobile-Friendly, Faster and Easier to Navigate
(Oct. 20, 2017) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has launched a new website that is easier to navigate and mobile-friendly. It also includes a new app that allows people to report their concerns while visiting DuPage forest preserves.
The website, which debuted Oct. 20, features responsive design for optimal viewing on any device — smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. Metrics show that most people visit the District’s website by mobile device, either a smart phone or tablet. Visitors’ preference for smart phones grew by 89 percent in the last year and by 25 percent for tablets over the previous year for the site.
District Chief Information Officer Joe Potenza said the agency partnered with DuPage County to acquire the “Citizen Reporter” tool equipped with a geospatial map to track issues in the preserves. The new feature is available to web users through the “Report a Concern”
green button in the top right corner of every web page when viewing on a personal computer; it's at the bottom of every web page when viewing on a mobile device. Clicking this button launches the app for a citizen to submit a concern, such as a downed tree or standing water on a preserve trail. The matter is then assigned to the appropriate department for service, and the citizen receives confirmation and a status report by email.
“This great feature allows our forest preserve visitors to tell us about their outdoor experiences when something requires our attention,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “It will help us address these matters in a prompt and efficient manner.”
The website also has a new calendar that allows visitors to scroll through the entire list of programs and events, or filter the results based on date or location. It provides information about places to go, things to do, upcoming projects, and conservation and habitat restoration efforts in the preserves.
Visitors will still be able to register for programs, reserve campsites and picnic areas, and purchase permits for off-leash dog areas, private boats and model crafts online.
“Our visitors can now more intuitively register for programs, subscribe to one of our e-newsletters, make a donation, or find the information they need to visit our preserves and centers and consider our services and offerings,” said Audra Bonnet, acting director of Communications and Marketing at the District.
The District is expected to save nearly $38,000 annually in operational costs with the new website, Bonnet said.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter
and Instagram pages.