Recreation leaders and technology vendors will meet in mid-October to discuss the future of www.recreation.gov. According to a news release, the website now allows reservations of campsites at federal recreation areas and makes information about recreation available.
Over four years, the number of campsite reservations made through www.recreation.gov has grown by 50% and now generates over $75 million annually in recreation user fees for participating federal agencies.
But the website management team sees opportunities for major expansion in what the website can provide the public and businesses in the recreation and tourism fields.
Over 150 federal and private sector representatives will meet in Bethesda, Maryland, Oct. 18, to discuss the future of the website. Representatives from federal agencies including the Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and more will be joined by outdoor recreation leaders and technology vendors and exhibitors.
The three-day event will help identify strategies for making the website both into a more effective reservation tool and into a better information tool. The event will also help the federal team managing www.recreation.gov develop a request for proposal for a successor contract to the current website contract awarded to ActiveNetwork. Bids for the new contract are expected to be sought in 2013.