Urban Trail Signage Plan
In January 2020, the Healthy Klamath Coalition and City of Klamath Falls initiated a project to create a Trail Signage Plan. This plan is a first step in creating a unified wayfinding program for different jurisdictions that provide trails and parks in the Klamath Falls area. As part of the Blue Zones Project, the planning process was funded through the 10-Minute Walk Grant and Technical Assistance offered by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Trust for Public Land (TPL), and Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Klamath Falls, Oregon, has many trails that cross jurisdictional boundaries and are managed by many different agencies. Over time, this has led to a confusing mix of different signage systems. As part of the 2019 Parks Master Plan completed by the City of Klamath Falls, the community identified a need to have a clear, consistent, comprehensive wayfinding system and templates for well-designed maps and signs to provide users with the essential information they need to “find their way” to parks, trails and other destinations. Well-designed signage, mapping, and information—and the guidance of a Trail Signage Plan—gives different jurisdictions the ability to identify and prioritize where trail and signage enhancements are needed to improve connectivity in order to increase access.
The purpose of the Trail Signage Plan (the Plan) is to document site assessment and outreach findings related to wayfinding and signage for parks and trails, along with a new approach and implementation strategy for providing urban trail signage. The Plan includes recommendations for a consistent style and type of trail signage, identifying where improved trail signage is needed, and integrating new signage in the short and long term.