Many greenway users have asked for better signage. Often users have trouble understanding a whole greenway system and finding their way, because greenways run along creeks and woodlands which are outside the normal travel patterns on streets and highways.
Sign installation on Mallard/Clarks system is expected to take a few weeks. All existing signs will be removed and the new sign “package” will include:
- Mile markers every 1/4 mile
- Names on neighborhood entrances and exits
- Three new kiosks to display maps of the greenway to help with orientation. Kiosks will also have bulletin boards for community postings and event information.
- Greenway name signs along roads
- Rules, regulations, cautions, facility and directional signs
The new signs are mostly light and dark blue with white lettering, constructed of sturdy metal and sturdy metal posts. Designing the signs began almost two years ago with a “stakeholder group” of citizens who helped select colors, shapes and sizes and made recommendations about the number and placement of signs, specific instances where they are needed, and what information they should provide. The stakeholders and the Park and Recreation staff especially struggled with placement of mile markers on greenways which will be expanded in the future and which include forks and intersections of trails.
Funds for the new signs, about $47,000 for Mallard/Clarks and about $225,000 for all other greenways, have been included in the two Park and Recreation bond referendums.