Entry and Wayfinding Signs

New open space signs enhance visitor safety and resource preservation.

UPDATED: JULY 31, 2020


The Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) is installing new entry and wayfinding signs across all 34 county open space preserves. Parks staff are putting in nearly 750 signs across a wide range of terrain. The signs convey important information about directional guidance, designated usage, and resource protection. The new signs include wayfinding maps, notices, rules and regulations, and a place to leave lost items found on roads and trails. Over time, rangers will monitor sign conditions and report the need for repairs or replacements, so the sign system is maintained.

The work on this project continued through the COVID-19 shelter-in-place, bringing it close to completion. The final phase of work has focused on tertiary sign posts along roads and trails, and at directional junctures.

Long-term, Multi-disciplinary Effort

The sign project was a multi-year, multi-disciplinary effort. The team included professionals in graphic design and communications, landscape architecture, cartography, materials, fabrication, and installation. Because existing signage was outdated or in some places non-existent, the project was a comprehensive rebuild that required:

  • Confirming accuracy of road and trail maps
  • Cataloging sign locations
  • Creating a graphic design system and style guide for signs
  • Prototyping and testing signs for readability and durability
  • Manufacturing signs
  • Siting and installing hundreds of signs