Lincoln High teen develops Forest Park app for the iPhone

Lincoln High teen develops Forest Park app for the iPhone
Forest Park (photo courtesy Flickr user sha-put-ski, Creative Commons.

PORTLAND, Ore. - With more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes and roads winding their way through Forest Park, it can sometimes be a challenge to navigate your way through Portland's largest urban greenspace.

That's what prompted 17-year-old Dylan Gattey, a senior at Lincoln High School, to develop an iPhone app just for getting around at Forest Park. Well that and he was working on earning some credits for a school project.

"I love using Forest Park," Gattey said in a press release announcing the new app. "But I had never been able to find an app or tool to help me navigate it. So I thought, what better project to work on than a Forest Park mapping app, one that can benefit Portland park-goers for the long-term?"

So he taught himself the software and coding technology, pitched the idea to the Forest Park Conservancy and away he went.

The app that Gattey created, which just went live on Sept. 2, is based on the Forest Park Conservancy's popular 10-map set called the 'Hiking & Running Guide to Forest Park.'

The app can be downloaded from iTunes and costs $3.99. The features include:

  • Zoom in and rotate the map to see details and locations of trailheads.
  • Plan a loop - complete with elevation, mileage and a map.
  • Learn more about the Forest Park Conservancy.

Note: KATU has not reviewed the app and cannot offer comments on how it works. If you try it out, leave your own thoughts here so folks have an idea what it's like. And for all you Android users, sorry... this app is only for the iPhone.