Free app keeps rec users in the loop

Recreation Oak Bay launches a new mobile app that answers schedule questions

Recreation Oak Bay front desk staff should have more time for other duties thanks to a new mobile app that answers schedule questions.

A “soft launch” of the application for smart phones began in December, said Janet Barclay, manager recreation program services for Recreation Oak Bay.

“We wanted to make sure there are no kinks and we can update it,” Barclay said. It was touted to regulars and promoted through an email to members. Now, it’s ready for full-fledged launch.

“We want people to know they can download it for free, so they have the schedule,” Barclay said.

The app features the week ahead with drop-in schedules for swimming and fitness classes.

“It’ll show you what the times are for that day. It would also tell you the admission prices,” Barclay said. “We’re able to, if we want, to push out an occasion. So we can remind you if there’s a concert coming up, or if there’s an emergency in the building.”

For example when the power is down, staff can let people know quickly, efficiently and more easily. “This can be done with wifi and you would receive a notification that would tell you what was happening,” Barcaly said, adding it’s certainly not to replace the website where residents still register for programming.

It will, she feels, free up some staff time.

“I think it will help in reception. A lot of people will phone in to ask ‘what time are swims?’” she said. “There’s a high percentage of phone calls that come in just checking in.”

The app is available at iTunes or Google Play and is a quick download, she said. “There’s some people that really appreciate it, but again we now want to grow the numbers using it,” Barclay said. “We hope it’s useful for people, particularly for regular users.”

 

 

 

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Police ready to evict tent city campers from Goldstream Park

Officers expected to begin moving in on campsite area at 11 a.m. Thursday morning

Greater Victoria officers ready ride Tour de Rock

The annual ride across Vancouver Island for cancer research begins this weekend and arrives in Victoria Oct. 4 and 5

The Victoria International Wine Festival is back!

People can attend Sept. 20-21 at the Parkside Hotel and Spa

Rain and high winds to hit Vancouver Island this afternoon

Thursday and Friday to see downpour of 20 to 50mm and high winds on Vancouver Island

West Shore RCMP block entrance to Goldstream Park, expected to evict all campers Thursday morning

Roving tent city moved to provincial park Wednesday, advocates say homeless unfairly targeted

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Still too many B.C. seniors in care facilities, on drugs

Seniors Advocate watching use of antipsychotics, opioids

Officials: 3 killed in shooting at Maryland Rite Aid centre

FBI described the Aberdeen incident as an ‘active shooter situation’

The hunt for online herb: feds seek dope on hazy world of pot’s ‘cryptomarket’

In less than a month, Canada to be first industrialized country to legalize recreational marijuana

Despite protests, Russia’s anti-doping agency reinstated

On a 9-2 vote, the executive committee declared RUSADA as having satisfied conditions

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast.

Vancouver councillors move ahead with policy for duplexes on detached home lots

Mayor Gregor Robertson says the decision is another step toward adding homes in the city for the so-called “missing middle.”

Canada’s goal is to play in a medal game at World Cup in Spain

The 2014 women’s world basketball championships were a coming out party for Canada.

Most Read