The Black Hawk County metropolitan area has an extensive network of looped recreation trails with numerous trail intersections. The end result is a well-used system that can be confusing for both local and out-of-town users. In short, it is easy to get lost on the trail system.
The Cedar Trails Partnership was recently awarded $20,000 through a grant from Principal Financial Group to add wayfinding signage on the trail network. Trail wayfinding signage will help users find destinations along the trail and enable users to follow the correct path, or to discover new ones.
“Our trail system is wonderful, but if you are unfamiliar with the area, it can be difficult to navigate. Trail wayfinding signage represents the next logical step in ensuring a positive experience for users,” said Bob Manning, President of the Cedar Trails Partnership.
The Cedar Trails Partnership has partnered with the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG) to begin an expedited planning process for these signs. Considerations include locations, destinations, maintenance, and design. The first phase will address the areas of greatest need, with future phases addressing the remaining trail intersections in the metropolitan area.
Staff from INRCOG and the Cedar Trails Partnership will be available to answer questions and discuss the project.