Since the My Gettysburg app was unveiled over two years ago, more than 16,000 people have downloaded the mobile travel tool, generating 108,000 sessions.
Destination Gettysburg unveiled the app in January 2016 as a way for visitors to have easy access to travel information such as events, restaurants, attractions, shopping and lodging, whether they are at home or standing on Lincoln Square in Gettysburg.
The success of the My Gettysburg app continues to grow, and members are encouraged to help promote the app through our app cards, available to pick up at our office.
The app is free to download and is available on both iPhone and Android devices.
>> Don't have the app? Download it here!
As of June 1, new smart parking meters and multi-space kiosks have been installed at select locations along Baltimore Street and throughout Lincoln Square replacing the traditional coin operated parking meters. The new smart meters can still be operated using coins, but visitors now have the option to pay using a credit card or mobile app.
With the app, Passport Parking, smart phone users will be able to pay for their meter remotely and be reminded of when their time is set to expire and where the parked.
The multi-space kiosks work similarly to the kiosks in the Racehorse Alley parking garage. All visitors will need to know is their license plate number.
While all parking options still cost the same as they did before, the parking meters and kiosks require a one dollar minimum for credit card users and have a maximum of two hours.
Richard Miller, Gettysburg Borough Parking Manager, said, "We've been getting great feedback so far and it's not as complicated [for visitors] as we thought it might be."
The new smart meters and kiosks will give the Borough of Gettysburg the ability to efficiently track valuable data like occupancy, time of day, average pay, etc.
The addition of the new smart meters and kiosks is just a small part of a larger plan to revitalize Baltimore Street. You can read the full master plan here.
Annually, Destination Gettysburg's board of directors approves more than $50,000 in community donations, spread throughout Adams County. This money is used by other local organizations to host events, beautify the community or to assist with one-time projects to benefit the county for visitors and local residents alike.
Recently, Destination Gettysburg pledged donations of $2,500 toward the costs of the annual Halloween and Christmas parades, as well as Gettysburg Garden Club's effort to plant, water and maintain flowers throughout Downtown Gettysburg.
Throughout Adams County, Destination Gettysburg has made donations to assist the East Berlin VFW with the restoration of its F-14 Tomcat.
"Tourism gives back to the community in many ways economically," said Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg. "But we, as a fellow community organization, believe it's important to support the efforts and projects of groups throughout Adams County."
Coming up next month, Destination Gettysburg has once again provided the funding for the fireworks for the Fourth of July Community Concert at Gettysburg College.
(Pictured are Norris Flowers, left, President of Destination Gettysburg, and Andrea Proulx, right, Chair of Destination Gettysburg's Board of Directors, presenting a check to Karen Szoke, middle, President of the Gettysburg Garden Club).
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.