Council green-lights app for walking tour of Richmond’s historic sites

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City Council green-lights app for walking tour of Richmond’s historic sites
Ford Point-Craneway Pavilion at 1414 Harbour Way S.

By Kathy Chouteau

Richmond’s City Council has approved a contract with Action Data Systems to develop a mobile and web app called “Rooted in Richmond” that will enable community members to take a self-guided tour of key historic spots throughout the city. The contract was approved unanimously by the City Council during its Tuesday, March 15 meeting.

According to the March 15 Richmond City Council Agenda Report, the mobile/web app will offer a geolocated “self-guided tour of Richmond’s historic sites, features and important cultural districts and neighborhoods.” The app will feature more than a dozen spots on a six-mile biking/walking route “that will examine the most significant sites in the city’s history.”

Map courtesy of the city

Richmond’s Historic Preservation Commission recommended Action Data Systems for the now-approved contract, which won’t exceed $15,000 and will run from March 15, 2022 to December 31, 2025. Per the contract, the company will provide app framework/development for platforms including both Android and Apple-based native apps and a mobile-optimized web app accessible from any device, to include desktop computers or laptops.

The contract will be paid using a $25,000 Certified Local Government grant awarded to the City of Richmond in 2021, per the City Council Agenda Report.