What are the requirements for parks and protected areas?

Learn about the data formats we accept in Google's Complete Map Content Specifications.

 

Parks and protected areas should have the following information:
  • Polygon geometry is preferred over point geometry (scale better than 1:25,000 preferred).
  • Name of park/protected area (in a field called NAME, with alternates in ALT_NM_1, ALT_NM_2).
  • Optionally, parks should include an address.
  • An MTFCC field for the classification of the park. For a description of preferred classification, refer to the U.S. Bureau of Census TIGER MTFCC standards. If you have a different categorization, please include a data dictionary describing the types.
  • under Documentation (stored in a field called MTFCC).
  • Optionally, any data related to park operating hours, parking, facilities, etc can be added in fields of the form with X_DESCRIPTION, such as: X_USAGE, X_HOURS, X_PARKING, etc.


MTFCC Short description Long description
K2180 Park Open space; major category used alone when the minor category could not be determined
K2185 Regional Park, Forest, or Recreation Area A place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource and under the administration of a regional government.
K2186 County Park, Forest, or Recreation Area A place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource and under the administration of a county government.
K2187 County Subdivision Park, Forest, or Recreation Area A place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource and under the administration of a minor civil division (town/township) government.
K2188 Incorporated Place Park, Forest, or Recreation Area A place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource and under the administration of a municipal government.
K2189 Private Park, Forest, or Recreation Area A privately owned place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource.
K2190 Other Park, Forest, or Recreation Area (quasi-public, independent park, commission, etc.) A place or area set aside for recreation or preservation of a cultural or natural resource and under the administration of some other type of government or agency such as an independent park authority or commission.