Openspace Wayfinding and Signage Project



The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is the process of preparing a comprehensive wayfinding design package for open spaces acquired under the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) program. The project will produce design guidelines establishing the design standards for signage and wayfinding within the TOPS Open Spaces. This includes fonts, styles, elements, colors, materials, signage placement, signage hierarchy and signage maintenance standards and requirements. Once completed the wayfinding design package will be implemented throughout the TOPS Open Spaces beginning in mid-2020.

Project Goals:

The wayfinding project shall seek to achieve the following goals:

  • Create a consistent signage and wayfinding system across the TOPS Open Space properties
  • Create a wayfinding package that enhances the natural aesthetics of the property
  • Improve navigation for all modes of non-motorized recreational travel within the open space; improve the user experience and emergency services efficiencies
  • Reinforce the identity of the TOPS program
  • To be sustainable, maintainable and expandable to all TOPS Open Space properties as well as to establish an ongoing administration and maintenance plan for the wayfinding system

Final Design Guidelines

The Final Design Guidelines will be presented to the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Board on Thursday July 9th, 2020 at 7:30am for consideration of adoption. The meeting will be held virtually. Public comment is welcomed.

What is TOPS?

The TOPS tax of one-tenth of one percent (0.10%) was established by a vote of the people in 1997 in order to encourage, foster and promote public-private partnerships in the preservation of open space lands, trails and parks.  In 2003 voters renewed TOPS until 2025. As of 2017, the TOPS program has built 46.8 miles of trail, has contributed to 37 park projects and acquired over 4,723 acres of open space. 

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