City installs new park signs
December 7, 2009
By Tim Pfarr
During the course of a few rainy November days, workers from the sign and display company Trade Marx installed 41 new signs across five of the city’s parks: Lake Boren Park, Donegal Park, Windtree Park, China Creek Park and Highlands Park.The company replaced all Lake Boren’s old signs and installed tennis court rules signs that had not been present. More than a dozen signs were installed in Lake Boren Park.
It also replaced China Creek Park and Highlands Park’s old signs, and it added additional signs that had not been present to both parks as well. Donegal Park and Windtree Park previously had no signs, and the company installed new signs in both parks.
The Parks Commission established the priority of what parks received signs.
In addition to entrance signs, the company installed trail signs, park rules signs, wetlands signs, wetlands rules signs, playground rules signs, restroom signs and signs displaying schedules of parks facilities — such as shelters — that may be reserved.
The city contracted with NBBJ, an architecture and design firm, to design the signs.
Altogether, the city has spent about $38,000 on the parks signs in 2009, and that money funded both the design of the signs, the installation of the signs and staff costs associated with the project.
Director of Finance Christine Olson said the amount of money spent on parks signs in 2009 could increase to about $48,000 by the end of the year.
The money for the project came from the parks fund.
Parks Program Manager Michael Holly said he likes the new look the signs bring to the city.
“I think that they really give that visual impact that we’re trying to identify the assets in Newcastle with,” he said.