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8 MAPPING GUIDELINES FOR PARK ORIENTEERING
The park orienteering discipline is still under strong development. This makes it difficult to create a fixed standard, since doing this could harm the further development. Therefore the word "guidelines" has been chosen, meaning it is not to be considered as an enforcing standard, simply because map making in town and park environments often needs improvisation and compromising. The "guideline" indicates a least common denominator, making sure that certain basic cartographic rules and language is maintained.
Maps for park orienteering are based on the foot-orienteering map specification. As in traditional orienteering map making, features which are most essential for the runner in competition speed must be selected and presented on the map. It is important to understand that the larger scale should not be taken as an excuse to "over detail" the map. The running speed is normally so high that the competitor does not observe small details anyway .
The recommended scale is 1:5 000.
The recommended contour interval is 2, 2.5 or 5m. It must be the same all over the map. Parks and towns are often relatively flat, and the map maker should avoid "chasing" contour details. If a city base map (or similar) which often has 1m interval, is used as base material, every second contour should be taken out in order to create a 2m vertical interval.
These types of maps, often produced in smaller amounts of copies, are well suited for four-colour printing and colour copying. The results are particularly good when the symbols are enlarged by 150%. Please refer also to section 3.4 Printing, in this publication.