The goal here at GetOutsideNJ.com is to catalog parks/businesses/anything that gets you outdoors in New Jersey. We then allow visitors to browse through our locations based on counties/towns within the system. A location will include about what can do in the park.. where you can actually park.. if your dog is allowed.. can you play golf in the fields.. so on and so forth. You can also search by physical location (by county/zip/radius), amenity (dog park/nature center/etc), and activity (jogging/hiking/biking/mountain biking). Then each location will contain a good bit of detail (descriptions/history/etc), with added content (like maps / photos and eventually trail routes) connected to it.
Now we understand that there are different views towards sharing information about parks in NJ. Some people feel that by sharing parks and locations, that "their" little special park will be full of people and ruined. But the reverse of that is actually true. Towns, counties and the state spend huge amounts of money making our parks great. They do this as a service to the local residents, to provide open recreation space close to home. Larger parks are set up not just to preserve open space, but with the goal to also boost the local economy. When 3 people visit a year, their is no reason to continue to spend money to keep up on the maintenance on the park.
In the near future (late 2012), you will be able to add your content to GetOutsideNJ. You'll be able to add new (basic) location information, mark locations as a personal favorite or as a place you want to check out, create itinerary for a weekend of fun, or just do nothing but blog about why you hate people who litter.
Before this happens, we'll keep pushing to add new pictures, listings, features, and provide great information about all things to do outdoors in and around New Jersey.
Our slogan is a playful use of a phrase that is certainly not true about NJ. And we want to show you that it certainly does not stink, and is rather great. please read a post about feedback that we receive about this playful use of words here.