[Tagging] Ranger Station Tag Update (too anglo-centric)?

Bryce Nesbitt bryce2 at obviously.com
Mon Aug 26 07:43:24 UTC 2013


On Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM, Steve Bennett <stevagewp at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hmm, amenity=ranger_station is kind of gross - it's so specific to a
> particular culture. Something like amenity=visitor_centre could have been a
> lot more generically useful. (With potentially a
> visitor_centre=ranger_station for applications that want to be certain
> they're dealing specifically with Ranger Stations.)
>

I think the word "official" needs to sneak in there somewhere.  There are
lots of places calling themselves visitor centers, tourist information,
etc.

A "ranger station" is always an *official* outpost of the natural area in
question. Note that the ranger station/warden office or whatever you call
is a key amenity of a natural area: in many cases one cannot visit or
undertake certain activities prior to making a visit.  This part is true
worldwide.

Ranger stations to date have been tagged amenity=police, and
building= government, neither of which really fit.
 amenity=official_park_visitor_centre captures the goal pretty well, but is
wordy.
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