In an effort to continue to make their community healthy, Blue Zones Project Monterey County has taken the initiative to join the ParkRx movement and bring it to the central coast. ParkRx knows the magic of getting outdoors. They’re on a mission to help everyone in Monterey County explore the amazing parks and open spaces nearby.

bizzNEST interns helped them achieve that in epic style! Our interns Jose Velarde, James Dinh, and Benjamin Schoolland built a fantastic website with a real showstopper: a custom-coded interactive map! bizzNEST, the Digital Agency of the Digital NEST, with its professional mentors, played a key role in their journey. Alejandro Rodriguez, bizzNEST’s Senior Developer, emphasized the website’s dual purpose.

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“We aimed to not only educate the public about the advantages of spending time outdoors,” he explains, “but also to provide a seamless way to locate nearby parks within Monterey and Santa Cruz County.”

The crown jewel of the website is undoubtedly the interactive map. Developed by the bizzNEST interns, it leveraged web scraping techniques to gather comprehensive data on local parks.  This data was then presented in a user-friendly format, allowing visitors to filter parks based on proximity, accessibility, and even pet-friendliness.

James Dinh, one of the interns on this project, shares how he and his team tackled the ParkRx website:

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“I think it was halfway through the project that I realized how crucial it was to rely on my co-workers. Collaboration was key, especially when Jose, Benjamin, and I had brainstorming sessions in our Google workspace.” 

This project exemplifies the core mission of the Digital NEST: providing underserved youth in California with the skills, resources, and network to build and launch successful careers. The bizzNEST interns not only delivered an exceptional product but also gained valuable technical expertise throughout the process. Their skillset now includes web scraping, interactive map development using JavaScript, and implementing automated deployments through GitHub Actions.

This collaboration between ParkRx Monterey County and NEST interns was a resounding success. So, lace up your walking shoes, grab your bike, or pack a picnic basket. With the new ParkRx website and map, finding your park oasis is just a click away!

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James Dinh

Web Development Intern

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Benjamin Schoolland

Web Development Intern

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Jose Velarde

Web Development Intern

Digital NEST Staff Alejandro Rodriguez
Alejandro Rodriguez

Senior Developer

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