This evening marks the official launch of the LASHP Trails mobile website, which will guide users on annotated walks in the areas around Chinatown's Los Angeles State Historic Park (aka Cornfield park, which is closed right now for a massive makeover). Right on schedule for Walktober, tonight's launch is also the big reveal for Wellspring, a "digitally interactive sculpture" by Michael Parker and Troy Rounseville that will function as a trailhead for the network of pathways, says LA Taco. UCLA's IMLab (which developed the mobile guide) shared a few screenshots that show where LASHP Trails might take you and what it might show you along the way.
The site opens with a compass pointing you to the trailhead and from there will let you choose one of three trails; as you walk along, it'll dole out more and more information as you arrive at new locations. According to KPCC, the trails "range from two to six miles in length and cover varying areas near the park. The Park Rim Trail travels through the four neighborhoods adjacent to the park. The longest trail winds through the nearby Elysian Hills and features more natural experiences." At some point, users will be able to create new trails and new points themselves. A rep for IMLab says "It's going to extend the park out into the city."
· LASHP Trails [IMLab]
· New App Will Annotate Your Walk Through Los Angeles [Curbed LA]