Forest Park Unveils New Wayfinding System

Posted in Case Study, Civic, Civic Wayfinding, Corbin Client News on July 18th, 2014 by Mark VanderKlipp – Be the first to comment
FPF Executive Director Lesley Hoffarth and City Parks Director Gary Bess unveil the first of 200+ new wayfinding signs being installed in the park. Photo credit: Forest Park Forever

FPF Executive Director Lesley Hoffarth and City Parks Director Gary Bess unveil the first of 200+ new wayfinding signs being installed in the park. Photo credit: Forest Park Forever

On July 15, 2014, the City of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever unveiled a new wayfinding system that will significantly enhance the visitor experience in the park. Corbin Design has been working with a team of Forest Park stakeholders to develop this system since 2008; in 2013, the funding for the program was finally allocated and the wayfinding system moved forward.

The luminaries assembled for this event included the Executive Director of Forest Park Forever, the Mayor of St. Louis, City Parks Director and the directors of each of the major institutions located within the park.

Excerpts from the announcement follow:

Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis announced today that the City has begun installing an intuitive and visitor-friendly Park-wide way-finding system, consisting of 239 new directional signs, Park maps, informational kiosks and banners that will greatly assist the Park’s 13 million annual visitors in successfully navigating the Park.

“This is an exciting announcement for St. Louis, Forest Park and the Park’s users and visitors,” said Mayor Francis G. Slay. “These two comprehensive projects will enhance the Forest Park experience for millions of visitors — every day of the year.”

“Forest Park’s transformation in recent decades has been remarkable,” said Gary Bess, City Parks Director.“But there are still areas where critical upgrades are needed. Better signage and restrooms have been at the top of the visitor wish list for years. We’re thrilled to be moving forward with these projects.”

“Together, these projects will dramatically improve the experience of millions of visitors,” said Lesley S. Hoffarth, Forest Park Forever President & Executive Director. “The top two requests we receive from visitors are to help them better navigate Forest Park and to improve our drinking fountains and restroom facilities. Forest Park Forever is grateful to our donors and partners — particularly the City — for making these initiatives possible. These improvements will make a great park even greater.”

It is estimated that a quarter of Forest Park’s 13 million annual visitors are not from the St. Louis area.

The way-finding project has been designed by a team led by Corbin Design. A team led by ASI Signage Innovations — including Edwards-Kamadulski (MBE), Tramar Contracting (WBE) and J.P. Collier (WBE) — is managing fabrication, construction and installation.

Installation of the Park’s new way-finding system — Forest Park’s most comprehensive Park-wide project since the completion of the recreational Dual Path in 2011 — begins this month and will be complete by fall 2014.

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