ParkGrades – Find a Great Park Near You - Featured on StartUpLift

The largest, most accurate directory of city parks in the United States.

Target Audience: Parents, Moms, Grandparents, Caretakers.
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Feedback sought:

  • Visit
  • Enter your zipcode or city/state to get a list of park and other venues near you.
  • Are you happy with the result?
  • Please share any general thoughts/comments you might have.

About ParkGrades:

ParkGrades offers one-stop discovery for parks, playgrounds, beaches, and museums across the United States.

The need for a site like ParkGrades is clear to any parent of young children. Ask a given parent about parks near them, and you’ll have a good idea of what’s out there. But ask that same parent if they know which park they’d recommend across town, across state, or across the country – there’s no great way to find that out! Until now.

Before ParkGrades, you might have been able to look at a map and see if any parks were nearby. But you wouldn’t know if the park is what you’re looking for — if it’s clean, if there’s a view, if it has both a basketball court and a tot lot, or a tennis court and a swingset.

You can use ParkGrades to easily find a great place for :

  • Celebrating a family reunion
  • Meeting up with friends from across town
  • Shooting a few hoops after that big recital
  • Leting the kids get some energy out halfway through a road trip
  • And more!

2 thoughts on “ParkGrades – Find a Great Park Near You

  1. I like the idea. I am using FF v3.6 for my review.

    I tried to do a search for “dog parks” under Amenities with ZIP code 60078 and a 100 miles radius. No results came back–odd since this would have included Chicago.

    I like the integration with google maps, decent layout. Under the search listings, you may also want to add a column to indicate various part amenities.

    I registered, seemed easy enough… I’d definitely integrate into foursquare (also the badges make it more intriguing).

    Good Luck!

  2. Hi,

    first impression – looks great.

    Few thoughts:

    * search box should be more exposed (placed in the middle? more padding? increase the size?)
    * I would suggest to use Geolocation API to retrieve and display “local” parks (mobile users for example)
    * I would change the Google Maps API to v3 instead of v2.
    * I don’t really understand what is the benefit of becoming a member…

    Maximum Filesize: 75 MB – is this a typo? 😉



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