Wissahickon Valley Park Wayfinding and Signage

Project details

  • Project Name: Wissahickon Valley Park Wayfinding and Signage
  • Project Client: Friends of the Wissahickon
  • Project Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This trail signage project involved the development of a new wayfinding and signage system for Wissahickon Valley Park as part of Friends of the Wissahickon’s (FOW) Sustainable Trails Initiative (STI). The trail signage system enables FOW to further enhance park users’ experiences while showcasing FOW’s mission and recruiting advocates for the Park’s protection. The project addressed three central issues within this urban park:

  1. The existing trail system was difficult to navigate due to inconsistent and dated signage.
  2. The Park’s trails, as well as forest ecology, experience high levels of traffic that are not always consistent with recreational management efforts (e.g., social trails).
  3. FOW and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation would benefit from additional support through increased volunteerism and responsible use to manage the Park’s trails and ecology.

The project involved the identification of 25 locations for kiosk and trailhead signs, and over 140 locations for trail markers. The kiosk panels provide an array of information from maps and park rules to nearby attractions, trail information, and FOW projects, and showcase the unique environmental and cultural assets of this urban oasis. The 140 trail markers allow visitors to safely and easily navigate the park’s 50 miles of trails, enjoyed year-round by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. A.D. Marble coordinated all fabrication and installation of the new signage system, and also provided design and GIS services to update their popular park map and guide.

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