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Let’s head to the beach! Chicago Park District launches first phase of responsive website

June 26, 2013

While I was away in Peru this May (that’s another story), the fine folks at the Chicago Park District relaunched their Beaches microsite.

The project, funded in part by a grant from Great Lakes Restoration focused on improving education on Lake Michigan Water quality, features all the info beach patrons need on-the-go.

Mobile view screenshot

  • Swim status that can be updated by life guards at each beach location
  • Current weather fed into the site via buoy stations
  • Beach events and facilities
  • Social media feeds
  • Maps
  • And more

All of this info is packaged in a beautiful, responsive design that leverages Twitter Bootstrap to provide desktop, tablet and mobile views.

Phase two of the relaunch will include an interactive Google map, historical data about water quality and other data.

I’ll share more about the site when all the bells and whistles are a go. For now, thanks to the talented designer/producer Erin Allen and the core CPD Beaches team of Brendan Daley, Cathy Breitenbach, Ed Rynearson and Zvez Kubat.

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