Exploring Lake Simcoe Smart Spots

Smart Spot at De La Salle Park wins award

The first “Smart Spot” on Lake Simcoe, showing on video how the Rain Garden at De La Salle Park in Georgina was built, has won a LSRCA Green Community Award. The award was presented on October 15 to the collaborative group who created the rain garden – the Town of Georgina, the Regional Municipality of York, the Lake Simcoe Regional Conservation Authority, Parklane Nurseries of Beaverton, the Ontario Water Centre, and Seneca College Faculty of Communications Arts whose students created the video.

Smart Spots are part of Exploring Lake Simcoe (XLS), a project spearheaded by the Ontario Water Centre, showcasing 'Amazing Places' throughout the watershed that can be accessed by smartphone, tablet or desktop.

The intent is to add smart spots to these Amazing Places, where people at the physical location can access information using their smart phones. The test pilot for these XLS Smart Spots was created in August of 2014.

As XLS including the Smart Spots grows, exploring the watershed will be easy and fun. These tools will help people find new experiences and plan routes. Places of interest on XLS are being chosen by real people so everyone can share them whether from home in their armchairs, or on the road via smartphone.

Background

XLS is a cornerstone of the Ontario Water Centre’s Business Plan, created around the concept of the Lake Simcoe watershed area becoming a living laboratory.

Evidence suggests that if local residents do not know and care about their own community and the watershed that it is in, it is extremely difficult to convince out-of-town tourists to appreciate it.

The more people have meaningful experiences and build positive memories, the more they will feel emotionally connected to their community, their watershed (even if it is just understood as the land surrounding a lake) and their lake.



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