Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Type: Planning and Design Guidelines / Signage and Wayfinding
Client: City of Winnipeg Natural Services
The Assiniboine Forest is a 280-hectare urban nature park located within the City of Winnipeg. Working with the City of Winnipeg Naturalist Services Branch and the Charleswood Rotary Club, Plain Projects completed a comprehensive inventory and assessment of the existing trails and infrastructure within the forest. A document was developed presenting development guidelines for the implementation of wayfinding and interpretive signage and additional visitor infrastructure within the forest. The guidelines establish concepts and methods to help visitors connect with and care for the forest, while working to ensure future development adds to the natural environment rather than detracts from it.
Working from the guidelines established in the Assiniboine Forest Wayfinding and Interpretive Strategy, Plain Projects worked with the City of Winnipeg Naturalist Services Branch to design and implement wayfinding (Phase One) and interpretive signage at strategic locations along the trails.
A simple, low-impact color coding system is used to demarcate trail routes. Colored tree banding is low-cost, low-maintenance, and minimal, while providing a distinct and effective visual identity. Wayfinding signage panels displaying trail networks and current locations on a weathering steel folded panel are implemented at key locations throughout the forest. Similar panels displaying interpretive information to strengthen visitors understanding of both the cultural and natural history of the forest and the many ecosystems present will be implemented in future phasing.