(Make That SIGNS)
I went to a meeting of the Norristown Schuylkill River Action Team a couple weeks ago and this time we talked about signs.
To refresh your memories, the Schuylkill River Trail is 26.5 miles long and just about 1/10th--2.6 miles--runs through Norristown. It's estimated that 800,000 joggers, hikers and bicyclists use the trail every nice weekend in the spring, summer and fall, and frequently on summer evenings. Thousands continue to use the trail the rest of the year. If even 10% of the users travel the Norristown portion of the trail, we ought to be trying to let them know what our town has to offer. On the map you'll note that it doesn't add many tenths of a mile if a trail user takes a detour onto Main.
On the positive side, the Mural Arts folks
walked that part of the trail last week to evaluate some of these
building walls to use for a mural. Other art is being planned for the
Norristown section of the trail, too--sculptures and decorative signs.
brings us back to signs--we really need big artistic "Welcome to
Norristown" signs at either end of our section of the trail. We need
"off ramp" signs at Dekalb Street and maybe Markley, letting people know
which way to go to find food, theater, and tourist attractions (like
Five Saints Distillery and the Zoo).
We need a large sign on the
trail at Riverfront Park, something that proudly proclaims "Home of the
Norristown Dragon Boat Club." Right now brush has been cleared away and
trail users can now see that we have a park next to the river, but no
information signs to say that they can use it and even park there for
trail access. This would also be the place to put off-ramp signs to get
people to come up Haws Ave to West Main.
Other communities along the trail--Manayunk, Conshohocken, Phoenixville--are all actively beginning to promote their town to trail users. We need to as well. Let's not be left behind.