Haven’t visited the WenatcheeOutdoors.org website lately? Then take a look. Since the start of 2016, the Outdoor Discovery Network (the non-profit organization overseeing WenatcheeOutdoors) has been modernizing the look, simplifying the use, and improving the functionality of the WenatcheeOutdoors website. The original website was launched in 2005 and, over the course of a decade, WenatcheeOutdoors became the go-to website for information about person-powered outdoor adventure sports in and around Central Washington. But while the old website was a deep repository of local outdoor information, increasingly it was becoming clunky to use and administer.Some highlights of the new website:• Photography. The new site relies heavily on top-quality photography to inspire visitors.• Spanish. Because we are a multicultural community, the new website has a setting allowing Spanish speakers to read all of the website’s content in Spanish.• Clean layout. The new website is cleaner in design and less cluttered. It’s easier for users to move around the website and identify useful website features.• Improved access to archived information. Both the enhanced linkages to website features as well as the improved tagging of content makes it easier for website visitors to sift through and find content of interest. The guidebook entries, for example, can now be filtered not just by activity type, location, and ability level but by such new filters as to whether the trip is family friendly, pet friendly, or handicap accessible.WenatcheeOutdoors.org is a free resource with nearly 1000 entries providing the complete details and topographic maps needed to explore the trails, mountains, forests, and rivers of Central Washington. The website also houses hundreds of articles about outdoor techniques, outdoor equipment, local flora or fauna, local personalities, and regional outdoor organizations.The website is funded through grants, contributions from businesses, and donations from individuals who are aligned with the website’s mission. That mission is to develop and strengthen the regional outdoor culture by connecting people to the region’s outdoor resources and adventure sports. Such connections enhance the lifestyles of individuals, improve public and personal health, bolster regional economic vitality, and help protect the natural resources that have made Central Washington an outdoor-recreation center of national distinction.
June 30, 2016
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