Parks & Recreation Signage Project

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Ramsey County Parks & Recreation is rethinking signage throughout the park system, and needs community input to help shape the direction of new signage that is user-friendly, accessible and welcoming.

Ramsey County parks have a variety of signs that include maps, directions and park or facility rules. Most signs are located near park and facility entrances, with others at destinations within the park. 

This project will focus on permanent signage. Permanent signs include:

  • Wayfinding signs provide maps, directions and location/use information.
  • Information signs describe rules such as hours, uses or restrictions, and can provide information on resources such as park programs, digital maps and social media.
  • Identification signs mark park, facility or trail locations.
  • Interpretive signs provide educational information.

Background

The current signage plan only addresses wayfinding. It doesn’t include other types of signs, communicating with people who speak languages other than English, signage design and placement standards, or updates to sign regulations.

This project will result in new standards for the full range of signage that will:

  • Reflect the county’s equity commitments.
  • Be user friendly.
  • Meet county needs and requirements.
  • Be affordably maintained and updated. 

Timeline and community engagement

Beginning in summer 2021, Ramsey County Parks & Recreation asked park users how park, trail and facility signs could be more informative, helpful and welcoming for all visitors. 

Survey

Staff and volunteers were at the parks this summer asking visitors for their ideas. Additionally, an online survey with the same questions was available through July 16, 2021.

Next steps

Input from the first round of engagement will be used to prepare draft sign designs and layouts. Residents will have an opportunity to provide feedback on draft signs before the department makes decisions. Implementation is anticipated to begin in 2022.

Opportunities for public input will be shared here as they become available.