Wednesday, May 19, 2010

City unveils iPhone apps for public art and recreation passes

In case you've missed it, The City of Calgary has launched two new iPhone apps.

One App called Build-a-Pass, helps Calgarian’s create a Recreation pass tailored to their needs, another is a public art tour for the iPhone, iTouch or iPad.

“We are excited to provide innovative ways for Calgarians to access Recreation programs and services; the iphone app is a new way for us to do this,” says Kurt Hanson, director of Recreation.

The Build-a-Pass has been available on the iTunes store since April 3, 2010. It helps people decide the location, the term and which family members to include in each customizable Recreation pass – the app calculates the price.

On May 2, The City’s Downtown Public Art Circuit app was made available on the app store. It will include photographs, audio and written details about each piece and the artist who created it. A geospatial component allows users to locate an individual installations plotted on a map of the downtown, and/or pinpoint their real-time position on the circuit tour.

“The 16 art installations included in the tour span a four block radius in Calgary’s Centre City,” said Dianne Quan, program co-ordinator for the Public Art Program. It takes about one hour to complete the walking tour the old-fashioned way and guided tours continue to run every first Thursday of the month.

“The iPhone app lets people do the tour on their own time. It’s another way to engage citizens with the art.”

If you have a chance to take a look at the apps please let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your feedback, and ideas for future apps.

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