Go Out and Play! Help build a new playground mapping website!

End Date: Sat, 05/31/2014 - 9:00pm

Go Play! 

What do you think of when you hear the word hacking? Your thoughts probably range from cybertheft to the movie Office Space. While hacking often has a negative reputation, most hacking is not done for malicious purposes. Accross the globe, civic hackers from nonprofit, government and education sectors are using their skills to create solutions for local challenges. If you're interested in working with other civically engaged residents on solutions, you can be a civic hacker. 

On Saturday, May 31, The National Science Foundation and Code for America's Northern Virginia Brigade are teaming up to host a National Day of Civic Hacking. As part of the day's events, we're asking kids and their parents to test out Alexandria Plays, a new playground mapping website for Alexandria created by Project Play. Project Play is an initiative of the Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network that brings local organizations and residents together to create more play opportunities in the City of Alexandria as one way to combat childhood obesity. 

During the National Day of Civic Hacking, parents and kids can visit their nearest playground, test out the equipment and then take a short survey to help fill in data for the new website. The link to the survey will be available online starting on Tuesday, May 27 but families are encouraged to fill out the survey on May 31, the National Day of Civic Hacking. 

The playground mapping website (Alexandria Plays) will include the location of the playground and its features, including bathrooms, appropriate age range and features such as whether there are slides, swings, sandboxes, and other amenities. 

Please go out and play on May 31st and help us make playtime even more enjoyable for all children and families in Alexandria!  

Step 1: Register for the National Day of Civic Hacking (it's free and easy!)

Step 2: Take the survey on May 31st (Please fill out the survey by 5:00pm on May 31st!)

Action Sponsors: 

Project Play

code for america


Kerrin,Have you heard anything?  Is the raw data available?  If so can you post it some place?Brian

Hi Brian, 

I have the extract of the data. I will send it to you in an email. Sorry for the delay!

Any word on that?

Yes! The new website launched today! Visit: www.alexandriaplays.org to find your nearest playground. 

If i could get a copy of the data collected, i'd be glad to upload that to the OpenStreetMap http://openstreetmap.orgOpenStreetMap is the "wikipedia" of maps.  It's free to use, download, and edit.I head up MappingDC, a local group to improve the OpenStreetMap in the DC area.  http://mappingdc.org

Hi Brian, 

Thanks for reaching out! I will bring this up at the next Code meeting. 

Kerrin Epstein


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