[Tagging] Tagging of State Parks in the US

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Jul 28 05:51:37 UTC 2019

I didn’t realize that all of the protect_class>6 values were invented for
osm. In that case, I see no reason to use any values for protect_class
above 7.

None of the higher values is used very frequently, and it’s impossible for
me to remember which each one means, especially the values from 21 to 27.

I think it would be easier for everyone if we created new tags for specific
things like protected recreation areas, protected historic or cultural
sites and protected sacred sites, as has been done with


On Sun, Jul 28, 2019 at 2:42 PM Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Jul 27, 2019 at 9:36 PM Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:
> >
> > I'm on board with a state park specific tag.  I find protect class to be
> a clunky answer and not entirely humanly intuitive compared to something
> like leisure=state_park
> The non-intuitiveness may prove to be a hidden advantage. At least
> there's very little existing tagging (other than the fiction of
> calling state parks boundary=national_park) that the usage would
> break. It defuses a lot of, "but I can't retag all the existing ones
> in my state!" (which are tagged differently from every other state,
> but all the others are WRONG!)
> It's a compromise that absolutely nobody is going to be happy with.
> But in about five years of trying to work with these things, I don't
> think I've seen an idea for how to tag them that has had any prayer of
> getting a majority.
> It's also rather a different concept. Rather than, "this is a state
> park", it's "this is public-access land that a government has
> protected in perpetuity for recreational purposes" - which is a fact
> that can be established in the promulgation of the boundary and the
> law that established it. It also avoids the word, 'park', which in OSM
> is a term of art that does not encompass anything close to the entire
> spectrum of land uses that the word in common parlance conveys to
> virtually all US English speakers and many English speakers in the
> Commonwealth.
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