City installs new park signs

December 7, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

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City officials worked with the sign company Trade Marx to install 41 new parks signs (left) in the city. The signs were distributed across five parks, including China Creek Park, which received a green entrance sign. By Tim Pfarr

City officials worked with the sign company Trade Marx to install 41 new parks signs (left) in the city. By Tim Pfarr

 The signs were distributed across five parks, including China Creek Park, which received a green entrance sign. By Tim Pfarr

The signs were distributed across five parks, including China Creek Park, which received a green entrance sign. 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.

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4 Responses to “City installs new park signs”

  1. Gretchen Paletta on December 8th, 2009 6:26 pm

    I wonder if Michael Holly has a 5 foot tall, neon green reflective sign in his front yard? 5 of my neighbors do. Does he want one? When I moved to my home in Windtree 9 years ago, I chose the neighborhood because of the woodsy, nature-filled environment. The “visual impact” I want is nature. NOT neon green billboards.

  2. Gretchen Paletta on December 9th, 2009 4:58 pm

    HOORAY! The city just took down the neighborhood 5 foot tall directional signs to Windtree Park!

    I hope they don’t feel a need to purchase more signs to replace them.

  3. Daniel Baker on December 12th, 2009 6:13 pm

    My sentiments exactly – as to both of Gretchen Paletta’s comments. YOU SAID IT RIGHT!

    I didn’t go to city hall to speak out; I have too many planes in the air to do that. I just would have expected the city to have better sense than that. I would invite anyone to inspect VERY closely those signs, and consider whether all that was necessary – the size, the raised lettering, the leaves on the turned over corner, the reflectorization. It was interesting to see how reflectorized the signs are; after dusk, you see VERY VERY clearly the directions to the park at which the rules say is closed at dusk. Hmmm.

    Now that the city chose to “brand” the street signs with that silly color, instead of using street sign colors that are standard across the nation, maybe they will reflectorize the street signs like the park signs so that those low contrast colors can be read at night.

    I liked the old insignia. It had some character. Now we have a plain simple “N”. I won’t comment on what I think the N means.

  4. Vineyard Resident on December 13th, 2009 7:05 pm

    I can’t believe the city continue to more of these ‘impossible to read in dim light’ signs. Who ever come up and those who approved this poor color and contract scheme should be fired.

    The old signs we had were perfectly fine!

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