REDESIGNING THE CITY OF TORONTO’S                      RECREATION PORTAL                             Liz Murray           ...
The Issue:        Design Goal: Building upon existing models, redesign a recreation portal        that better addresses gr...
Criteria/Constraints            CRITERIA:                              CONSTRAINTS:            Group Organization: Ability...
Survey of Pick-up Baseball in                                    Toronto        “One off diamond bookings with         “I ...
City of Toronto’s PFR WebsiteSunday, 16 December, 12
City of Toronto’s PFR WebsiteSunday, 16 December, 12
How could an online recreation                          portal help the City of Toronto?                    •     Improve ...
What are other cities doing?Sunday, 16 December, 12
What are other cities doing?Sunday, 16 December, 12
What are other cities doing?Sunday, 16 December, 12
What are other cities doing?Sunday, 16 December, 12
Redesigning a New Municipal                               Recreation Portal                   • Mapping?                  ...
Redesigning a New Municipal                               Recreation PortalSunday, 16 December, 12
Redesigning a New Municipal                               Recreation PortalSunday, 16 December, 12
Redesigning a New Municipal                               Recreation PortalSunday, 16 December, 12
Discussion                 • How can casual user data be captured                          using KMD?                 • Ho...
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Redesigning The City of Toronto's Recreation Portal

  1. 1. REDESIGNING THE CITY OF TORONTO’S RECREATION PORTAL Liz Murray December 5, 2012Sunday, 16 December, 12
  2. 2. The Issue: Design Goal: Building upon existing models, redesign a recreation portal that better addresses group organization in pick-up baseball for the City of Toronto, with a focus on improved access to pertinent information like diamond availability and classifications.Sunday, 16 December, 12
  3. 3. Criteria/Constraints CRITERIA: CONSTRAINTS: Group Organization: Ability to Access to information: The mobilize a critical mass and city relies on permit fees as a communicate the game details source of income. Information on existing permits is currently ! ogistics: Identify and select the L unavailable. This data is best time and location for a game important in assessing diamond based on improved access to availability but may be a information challenge to obtain. ! ser Mobility: Be easily accessible U Nature of the Game: The from various devices for a mobile inherently decentralized nature user of pick-up baseball must be kept in mind. ! ase of Use: Provide a meaningful E and simple user experience ! lexibility: Quickly accommodate F changes in plans due to unforeseen issuesSunday, 16 December, 12
  4. 4. Survey of Pick-up Baseball in Toronto “One off diamond bookings with “I was invited to a group that was diverse enough the city. Coin-operated lights!! to accept players at any level, and I really liked put in quarters to turn on the that ethos.” diamond lights - per every half “I like the flexibility of not being hour!” required there every week.” “Positive, non-bar way to spend an evening.” “I love pretty much all forms of the game. I especially like pickup because its casual, social, and mostly all about fun. Everyone always has a good time no matter how they play and it brings out the best in peoples attitudes, and I would argue, performances in many cases.” “My favorite “First and foremost I look for quality of the diamond more diamonds have so than size or lights. I prefer if the diamond has a sufficient far been Bickford gravel or clay infield, and that the outfield isnt overgrown, if and Northern everything is adequately kept up. For me this ensures the diamond in Trinity safest conditions for the game, and the best conditions to Bellwoods.” field in.“Sunday, 16 December, 12
  5. 5. City of Toronto’s PFR WebsiteSunday, 16 December, 12
  6. 6. City of Toronto’s PFR WebsiteSunday, 16 December, 12
  7. 7. How could an online recreation portal help the City of Toronto? • Improve data collection • Enhance community engagement • Maximize facility usage • Provide more equitable access • Increase overall participation • Provide easier access to permits • Provide greater visibility in permit cost structure • Unify PFR Division branding • Improved facility maintenance through better reporting systems • Promote health and fitness • Position parks as an essential part of place making • Help to better recognize and manage volunteers • Improve access to casual user data • Decrease financial barriers to recreationSunday, 16 December, 12
  8. 8. What are other cities doing?Sunday, 16 December, 12
  9. 9. What are other cities doing?Sunday, 16 December, 12
  10. 10. What are other cities doing?Sunday, 16 December, 12
  11. 11. What are other cities doing?Sunday, 16 December, 12
  12. 12. Redesigning a New Municipal Recreation Portal • Mapping? • Online permits purchases? • Social Media? • Data collection?Sunday, 16 December, 12
  13. 13. Redesigning a New Municipal Recreation PortalSunday, 16 December, 12
  14. 14. Redesigning a New Municipal Recreation PortalSunday, 16 December, 12
  15. 15. Redesigning a New Municipal Recreation PortalSunday, 16 December, 12
  16. 16. Discussion • How can casual user data be captured using KMD? • How can technology improve the overall use of facilities, given the outlined needs of the users and the City? • How can technology be used to improve communication between the City and its residents? • How can a recreation portal be designed to target high priority demographics such as low income or underserved communities?Sunday, 16 December, 12

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