The visitor experiences

Plan the necessary themes, set their location and configuration, and select the main themes to be interpreted according to the general management objectives of the area which is the route. Integrate the specific actions related to each thematic route into the plan action for visitor management to have a good VVMS.

Service structures

Parking spaces – after evaluating the entire protected area from the point of view of the visitors, we can determine the inputs that will most likely be used for car transport and which are places that are most likely to be used as parking areas. If we neglect planning and building parking spaces can cause problems that could cause unpleasant situations such as pollution, blocking access for locals, or maintenance and traffic jamming which will make visitors lose valuable precious time, or even avoid visiting some areas.

The following must be considered when planning, designing and constructing parking areas. The place must be suitable for access to sightseeing objectives (e.g., route ends, business centers).

It is expected that the visitor centers and, to a certain extent, the thematic paths will be frequented by people with special needs; therefore, proper design should also be considered for this category. There will be a rapid risk assessment when choosing a place for the areas parking on: vehicle safety – from the point of view of natural or other hazards, human actions – avoid places where there is a higher risk of collapsing some cliffs or trees and secure the support of local authorities through prompt action on probability the theft of cars.

The safety level for walking access to the object to be visited after parking the car – avoid the places that make visitors go along public roads or take them crossing it, it is a higher risk of accidents, all the more so as children do often part of the groups of visitors.

Land ownership

Land ownership could be one of the major issues in choosing a good place for parking. Before proceeding to the more detailed planning, you must check ownership of the property land.

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That is why cooperation with the local government for identification is needed for potential parking spaces. The parking area can also be an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to earn revenue.

Size is important, sizing a parking area must be made according to two main factors: estimating the number of cars and buses on a crowded day and the duration of the parking correlated with the expected frequency of parking users. Consider an average of two buses and more cars arriving at the same time, so design a car park where they can handle and be able to turn around.

The impact

Impact reduction can be achieved by choosing a natural area for the area of the parking, and the integration of parking in the landscape with vegetation curtains formed exclusively from indigenous species. When designing parking spaces, the administration must take into account that experience visiting guests begins in that place. That is why extra efforts are needed for building and managing parking properly and providing additional services in the parking area, such as information and interpretation, access to toilets, drinking water (where this is possible).

Sanitary groups are recommended to be present in all parking spaces, camping areas and route access areas. These sanitary groups must be located in such a way that they are minimized by the cost and maintenance time and use environment-friendly techniques. Sanitary installations shall be located and projected according to the categories of anticipated users and the estimated number of users (for example, sanitary groups will be designed to be accessible to people with disabilities). Special measures must be taken to avoid any pollution of surrounding areas or water underground and soil. Check this out to find out more.

Plan the requirements for sanitary groups and options for water sources

Elaborate the construction solution for sanitary groups so that it does not pollute the natural environment. Integrate specific actions to build and manage health and sanitation groups of drinking water sources in the action plan for visitor management.