Hello. I was considering creating POI's for the various state and county parks in my home area. The plan is to include points like park entrances, restrooms, camping areas, ranger stations, trail heads, canoe launches, dump stations, and picnic areas.
I was just wondering if including things like playgrounds, observation towers, and parking areas will be too much?
How much is too much???
Any information you can add that is not available from the pre-loaded POI data from the vendors would be great.
Your data may be hampered by the accuracy of some GPSr if there are a lot of locations is a small space.
If you are worried about the screen becoming too cluttered with POI icons, consider MM's use of an icon that is only 1x1 pixel. With no alerts set, I don't see how you can have too much data.
Some GPS units are limited in their 'max character display' of the custom POIs. Might want to consider this when building these POI.
Thanks everyone for the comments.
There's one park I plan on doing that has a gift shop, cafe, bike & canoe rental, and swimming area entrance all at the same point. They're each a POI that a park visitor would be looking for. It makes sense to have one point listing all the features, but I sort of feel that each needs its own listing.
My only question would be is it really that big of a park (or that difficult to find your way around in the park) that the users wouldn't be able to find these things using the existing park signage once they are in the park.
. . . but I sort of feel that each needs its own listing.
I agree. If I'm scanning through the list of POIs for SWIMMING, I won't find it if it is listed as Cafe/Bike&Canoe-Rental/Gift-Shop/Swimming. To avoid multiple icons, you could use transparent icons for all POIs except one:
Look at the rest area combo file...they have used abbreviations for each of the services. That way it will show on all types of units. Keep it uniform and then tell what the abbreviations mean in the download area.
If you have a 500 acre park, then you may want to think about using coordinates for different areas of the park, but I'm not sure that all the roads are marked on the gpsr. So it may not be of much help. You will just have to try and see what works.
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