We would like to announce that we have finished creating a mobile phone application that will give both Boston tourists and residents an interactive guided tour of the Boston Public Garden. Developed by TourSphere, a Boston-based mobile company, the application will be available to all smart phone users, regardless of their platform, including iPhone, Android, and Blackberry users. The original tour, designed for MP3s and iPods, won a first place award from the National Association of Interpretation in 2009.
“This application will bring the Friends of the Public Garden to the interactive digital age in a groundbreaking way that will give park lovers a whole new experience,” commented Founder and President Henry Lee. “We are pleased to give visitors to the Garden an easier way to connect with the stories behind this magnificent place, and with the work of the Friends.”
The mobile tour—which features an original soundtrack and ambient recordings—will give visitors the option of going through the entire forty-five minute tour that takes visitors three quarters of a mile around the park, or selecting individual sites they would like to learn about. Henry Lee is the lead tour narrator, building on four decades of experience he has had as Public Garden champion. Highlights include: the “Rose Brigade” with guest narrator, China Altman, the “Good Will Hunting Bench” narrated by Nick Paleologos formerly of the Massachusetts Film Office, the 9/11 Memorial narrated by the late Senator Ted Kennedy, and the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture narrated by sculptor Nancy Schön.
The mobile tour will provide background information about the Public Garden as well as information about the Friends. Listeners will be able to sign up for the newsletter, become a member of the organization, and learn of upcoming events hosted by the organization. It is now available as a free download here.