Prairie Post (West Edition)

Town of Coal­dale seeks pub­lic in­put on new Wayfinding Pilot Pro­gram

- CON­TRIB­UTED The Wayfinding Pro­gram sur­vey can be found on the project web­page at coal­­ingstrat­egy

The Town of Coal­dale is ex­cited to an­nounce that Phase 1 of the Wayfinding Pilot Pro­gram has been com­pleted and is now en­ter­ing the pub­lic en­gage­ment phase. The Wayfinding Pro­gram was in­tro­duced along­side the Phase 1 of the path­ways net­work ex­pan­sion project which was com­pleted in late 2020. The business direc­tory signs along 20th Ave were later in­cluded in the pilot pro­gram to com­ple­ment the Main Street re­vi­tal­iza­tion project.

The Wayfinding Pro­gram is the im­ple­men­ta­tion of di­rec­tional and in­for­ma­tional sig­nage de­signed to ease nav­i­ga­tion and en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence of a phys­i­cal space, par­tic­u­larly for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists. The project was in­tro­duced to sup­port com­mu­nity well­be­ing by en­cour­ag­ing more res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to walk, run or cy­cle around town.

“Sig­nage that out­lines the dis­tances, time and points of ac­ces­si­bil­ity often en­cour­age res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to take ad­van­tage of their phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment as a means to get around be­cause they’re able to visu­al­ize their jour­ney more read­ily,” said Me­lanie Messier, Plan­ning In­tern at the Town of Coal­dale. “The new wayfinding signs are in­tended to iden­tify safe and ac­ces­si­ble routes for those us­ing path­ways and side­walks and em­power a sense of ex­plo­ration within our own com­mu­nity.”

In this phase of the Wayfinding Pro­gram, the signs are de­signed to be tem­po­rary, al­low­ing a pe­riod for the pub­lic to sub­mit their feed­back on the de­sign and place­ment of the signs be­fore per­ma­nent ones are in­stalled. The en­gage­ment process will also pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for users to iden­tify gaps in the path­way net­work and make sug­ges­tions as to where they want to see path­ways in­stalled in the fu­ture to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity. Op­por­tu­ni­ties will take place in the form of many dif­fer­ent op­tions as out­lined in a pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion plan ap­proved by Town Coun­cil at the Fe­bru­ary 8, 2021 Reg­u­lar Coun­cil Meet­ing.

“The tem­po­rary signs are a cost-ef­fec­tive method to in­tro­duc­ing a value-added amenity to the com­mu­nity,” said Messier. “The en­gage­ment pe­riod will en­sure that the signs can

be ad­justed to fit the needs of the com­mu­nity and iden­tify where we can ex­pand our path­way net­work to ac­com­mo­date ev­ery­one from se­niors to youth groups.”

The en­gage­ment process will take place other the course of sev­eral months to en­sure that users can ex­pe­ri­ence the wayfinding sig­nage over dif­fer­ent sea­sons.

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