Parks & Trails Wayfinding Strategy
Wayfinding includes all the ways people understand their surroundings and travel from place to place. This is more than signs – it also includes names, landmarks, conventions, maps and new media.
The first two phases are now complete and the City is now undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the pilot project.
The core objective of the Toronto Parks & Trails Wayfinding Strategy is to produce a signage and information system that is consistent, accessible and predictable. It is an opportunity to reduce visual clutter in parks, and encourage the use and discovery of parks and ravines by residents and visitors. It also aims to interpret and extend the strategy and principles of the Toronto 360 Wayfinding Strategy developed by the Public Realm Section of Transportation Services Division to address the unique needs of Toronto’s park users.
A coherent wayfinding system also aligns with the City of Toronto’s Walking Strategy which “aims to create an environment where walking is an appealing, convenient, safe and stimulating experience for residents and visitors.”
The Toronto Parks & Trails Wayfinding Strategy was completed in two phases.
The first phase of the project created the wayfinding system framework and includes the system principles, general style and design guidelines, and an implementation strategy. Phase One was completed in December 2014.
This framework provided the necessary tools and approach for Phase Two – design and pilot implementation. Phase Two began in January 2015, and signs were installed in September 2017, in a pilot area that includes the Lower Don Recreational Trail from Pottery Road to Lake Shore Blvd. E, and Riverdale Parks East and West.