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New parks and rec smartphone app launches
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Dawson County Parks and Recreation has launched a free smartphone app that is downloadable on both Apple and Android devices.

The department has been working on the app for around a year, working with developers to create what Buffie Hamil, parks and rec program coordinator, calls a more mobile-friendly version of the department's current website.

"We wanted the app to provide quick access to our Facebook page, contact information and website information," Hamil said. "Our website isn't the most mobile-friendly, so this will let our customers who are on-the-go access information about us on their phones."

The app contains park events, registration dates and deadlines and other news, as well as a condensed version of the parks and rec website.

Hamil said that the department is trying to adapt to the changing times and join the movement to mobile.

"We're not leading the trail, but we want to be on it," Hamil said. "I can't speak for the other county departments, but we're one of the only ones with an app right now."

Those who want to download the app can go to the Apple or Google store on their phone and search Dawson County Park.

Hamil said that though the application shouldn't require much troubleshooting, the department will be open to tweaking and modifying the app depending on customer feedback.

"If enough people say they would really like to see a particular item on our app, or if they have a suggestion that would make it more user-friendly, we'll of course be open for suggestions," Hamil said. "But right now we're just really excited that it's finally here and that we get to share it with everyone."