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Park District Launches TrailSafe Mobile Phone App

6/3/2014

The East Bay Regional Park District now offers a free mobile phone “app” geared to bring convenient safety information and features to park and trail users. Park visitors may easily access the app at ebparkstrailsafe.org to learn about park safety tips and trail use etiquette, and to access public safety phone numbers.

The TrailSafe app includes tips on personal safety while hiking, hiking safely with dogs or children, hiking near grazing animals, and encountering wildlife. Crime prevention and outdoor preparedness tips are also included. The “check in” feature allows users to connect with their personal Facebook or Twitter social media accounts by sharing their location with trusted friends – including the name of the park they are visiting and GPS coordinates.

“The Regional Parks offer wonderful places to be active, explore, and stay healthy," said Park District General Manager Robert E. Doyle. “The new TrailSafe app will keep people safe while exploring the Park District’s 1,200 plus miles of trails.”

The TrailSafe web app was developed and funded by the Bay Area Refineries.

“Our East Bay refineries operate under the highest safety and environmental standards in the world,” said CIS spokesperson Ron Banducci. “Safety is at the center of everything we do, so teaming with the Park District on the TrailSafe app is a good fit for us. We’re very proud to be part of this effort to provide park visitors with the most up-to-date safety information available, so they can enjoy their visit to the fullest."

To use the new TrailSafe web app, go to ebparkstrailsafe.org using your mobile phone; or look for the TrailSafe link on our home page at www.ebparks.org.

The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 114,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and nature learning. 

The Committee for Industrial Safety (CIS) was created by Contra Costa County’s four refineries — Chevron, Phillips 66, Shell, and Tesoro - to enhance the safety of workers, neighbors, and the environment. Together, and separately, the refineries provide financial and volunteer support for a wide range of local community service programs and organizations. Learn more at www.committeeforindustrialsafety.com .

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Isa Polt-Jones
(510) 544-2207
ipjones@ebparks.org

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