Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners announced at its July meeting that Clarity Partners has been selected to redesign, build, and host the agency’s Website and ecommerce platform. Through this project, the Park District website will achieve a unified look and feel with a marketing emphasis to promote its parks, programs, partners, and events. The site will include ecommerce functions allowing patrons to browse a catalog of park programs and to register online using a familiar shopping cart interface. The ecommerce function will allow the district to offer additional items for purchase including permits, special use facility rentals, park photos, event tickets, and park resource reservations. This ambitious project will encompass the full range of Chicago Park District assets including its parks, recreation centers, golf courses, harbors, and beaches.

As Prime contractor, Clarity Partners is handling the management, top-level design, content migration, system integration architecture, testing, training, and documentation tasks for this $2 Million project. The hosting and much of the construction will be handled by Clarity’s strategic partner, American Eagle.com who has developed numerous public agency websites in the Chicagoland area, most notably the Chicago Transit Authority. This solution will incorporate American Eagle’s proprietary content management system and subscription-based emailing system. To address the majority of the park district’s ecommerce requirements, Clarity’s solution includes the integration of the ActiveNet parks and recreation management system from Active Network Inc.

About the Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District owns and operates over 7,500 acres of park property. This includes 570 parks and play lots, over 250 staffed park recreation centers, 6 golf courses, 10 major museums, a stadium, a zoo, and 24 miles of lakefront, including 9 harbors and 31 bathing beaches. There are approximately 450 buildings in the system, including several schools, which are used jointly with the Chicago Board of Education. The district offers a wide range of recreational and educational programs featuring both physical and cultural activities. The district is governed by a 7 member board of commissioners appointed by the Mayor of Chicago.  For more information regarding the Chicago Park District, please visit http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/.

About Americaneagle

Founded in 1995, Americaneagle.com is an industry leader in Web site design, development, hosting, and marketing. This family owned company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in 8 major US cities. American Eagle has completed more than 5,000 Web projects for nearly every type and size of organization, in nearly every industry, including small companies, Fortune 500 companies, professional sports teams, government agencies, and manufacturers of niche products.  For more information on Americaneagle visit http://www.americaneagle.com/.

About Active Network

Active Network delivers integrated technology solutions, marketing services and online media properties that encourage and enable participation in activities and events. Active Network is an industry leader in park management software with over 2000 ActiveNet deployments across North America including 75 of the 100 largest park districts.  To access more information on Active Network, please visit http://www.activenetwork.com/.