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DCR launches new state parks website

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January 9, 2014 10:01am

The Virginia State Parks launched a fully redesigned website this morning at 10 a.m. The new site aims to be more interactive, easier to navigate and faster to search for park-specific offerings. Click here to check it out.

False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach.

False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach.

This is the website’s most significant redesign since it was launched in 1993 by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages the 36 Virginia state parks.

“Over the years – for two decades – we’ve made minor changes to the website in response to public feedback, state policy, industry standards, social media and other factors,” said DCR Web Coordinator Steve Hawks. “But this year-long redesign process is a major overhaul of nearly every aspect of the website, resulting in a streamlined, simpler design.”

The new design is more user-friendly and will allow users to better customize searches for very specific amenities, while the search results are instantly viewable. Last year, the Virginia State Parks website received more than 9.5 million page views, and is among the leading tourism websites in Virginia.

“With more than 8.8 million visitors last year, Virginia State Parks attract visitors from across the country and around the globe,” said DCR State Parks Director Joe Elton. “For many people, their visit to a state park begins with a visit to our website, so we’re pleased to enhance the experience of both desktop and mobile users with a more responsive design, faster-loading pages and easier access to park photos and videos.”


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?


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