Reader Participation Day: What Would You Like To See On National Park Websites?
Some of the first websites folks head to to research national park matters are, of course, those run by the National Park Service. What suggestions would you make to the agency to improve its sites?
Is there any specific information you think should be on the homepage of each park's site?
The look and feel of each website is the same, well almost the same. Some are missing information that I'd like to see on every website, preferably in a clear accessible corner, not three levels deep.
* When did the unit become part of the NPS system? Some parks proudly proclaim it - the Smokies 1934. For others, it's very difficult even when talking to rangers and volunteers at the site. There's always an official day, even if the unit had a convoluted history.
* Who is the current superintendent of the park? I like to put a face and a name to the park.
* Where is the park located? Just an idea of the state (s) and which corner. This might not be important for large, iconic parks, but for small units it would be helpful to see quickly if your road trip passes close to the park.
What suggestions would you pass on to the Park Service's webmeisters?