Guests who use Restoration Park in the City of West Monroe now have the benefit of 911 addressing throughout the park to create a safer and more enjoyable experience.
Through the collaborative efforts of the City of West Monroe’s GIS Administrator Len Snipe and the Ouachita Parish 911 Communications District, GPS addressing has been established throughout Restoration Park, which is located at 700 Downing Pines in West Monroe. Unique Emergency Location Marker (ELM) numbers have been established within the park and are now officially part of the Ouachita Parish 911 database.
Restoration Park is an urban wetlands park that also functions as a floodwater detention basin.
This is the first time that any park in Ouachita Parish has been assigned 911 addressing throughout the park grounds. By having these markers, first responders will be able to more quickly locate individuals on trails throughout the park if necessary.
The Emergency Location Marker numbers for Restoration Park can be found online at www.cityofwestmonroe.com/restorationparkmap. These numbers will also be included on mapping and signage within the park.
Eventually, this type of GPS mapping will be done throughout City of West Monroe parks. The next step would be to establish Emergency Location Markers within Kiroli Park.
“We thank the City’s GIS Administrator and Ouachita Parish 911 for working together to make GPS addressing available in Restoration Park,” said City of West Monroe Parks and Recreation Director Stuart Hodnett. “We’re extremely proud that Restoration Park is the first park in Ouachita Parish to use Emergency Location Markers. Thousands of people enjoy using Restoration Park each year, and we want to make sure they have an enjoyable and safe experience.”
“Should an unforeseen emergency arise, it can be challenging to locate the caller quickly in their time of need,” said Jade Gabb, Director of the Ouachita Parish 911 Communications District. “A caller can now provide an Emergency Location Marker (ELM) or address that our Emergency Call Specialists are able to compare to the location data that is being sent from their phone to accurately verify their location as quickly as possible.”
Those interested in learning more about City parks should contact the City of West Monroe Parks and Recreation Department at (318) 396-4016 or visit www.cityofwestmonroe.com