Sunrise at Mallard Lake - Pyramid state Park
Pinckneyville – Hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts of all types can now receive pin-drop precision maps and directions to key points throughout Pyramid State Park on a new website created by the Friends of Pyramid State Park (FPSP).
The website, friendsofpyramidstatepark.com, is the latest effort by the non-profit group to support park management and improve facilities. The story of FPSP, its mission and accomplishments, can be found on the site, but the key feature is the maps section.
“We constantly receive requests for good quality maps of the park, but they didn’t exist,” said park supervisor Cha Hill. “Now, people can access them via the computers, tablets or smartphones. It is likely one of the most advanced mappings of any state park in Illinois.”
FPSP board member and marketing consultant Jeff Smyth spearheaded the project. Pinckneyville-based web designer Chrissy Hagene built the site.
“Mapping the park was no simple task. Pyramid is the state’s largest park at more than 19,000 acres and is spread over a patchwork of different parts of Perry County,” Smyth said. “There are 47 hunting stakes alone, more than 50 lakes, trails, campgrounds and other key features that are now mapped, downloadable, shareable and scalable to any device.”
Information provided on each location includes a Google-driven map and/or aerial view, driving directions, key features of the particular area, GPS coordinates and information about nearby hotels and restaurants.
“The only thing it doesn’t do is catch and clean the fish for you,” Hill said. “This is a tremendous asset that the Friends group has provided to all park users.”
FPSP was started four years ago with the mission of assisting park management in making improvements that are needed, but unaffordable during Illinois’ budget crisis. It has already added water lines to areas of the park where field trials are held, assisted in erecting a barn for field trial participants and is in the process of building a multi-purpose building for the public to use.
Information on how to support the group can be found on the website.