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Erin Mooney, Publicist, Friends of the Wissahickon

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Friends of the Wissahickon Begins Installing New Signage in the Wissahickon Park

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New signs will make trails more accessible and will increase park safety.

Philadelphia, PA—March 2014 Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) will begin installing new trail markers, kiosks, trail blazes and signs throughout the park, which will increase accessibility to the park and user safety as well as promote responsible park use.

The project will occur in phases, beginning this week and will include the installation of 25 new trailhead kiosks, 150 trail markers, trail blazes along trail corridors, restored signs on Forbidden Drive and a redesigned park map. Signs will be installed on official, designated trails and at trailheads and in other key areas. The project will be completed in early summer.

“This parkwide signage project gives the Wissahickon Valley Park the biggest visual makeover in almost 20 years and will greatly improve the quality of people’s experience,” said Maura McCarthy, Friends of the Wissahickon executive director. “With new information about where to go, where you are and what the rules are, park users will have an easier time using the park,” Mc Carthy said.

For over two years, FOW has engaged the community in an ongoing discussion about the signage project, through meetings with stakeholders, surveys and engagement with residents and city agencies.

With new specific address information on the signs, users will know exactly where they are at a given time in case of emergency. FOW has also worked with the city to develop an extended help locator system, so that emergency services can pinpoint an exact location within the park using the city-wide address system. Street-style addresses will be posted on each trailhead kiosk.

Friends of the Wissahickon is hosting a public presentation about the sign project on May 6 at Valley Green Inn at 6 p.m. Members of the community are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project.

Friends of the Wissahickon will also be seeking volunteers to assist with aspects of the sign installation project. Volunteer work day opportunities will be posted at www.fow.org or contact volunteer coordinator, John Holback at holback@fow.org.

The signage project was funded through major support from the William Penn Foundation, a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Financing Authority and individual and foundation donors.

Founded in 1924, FOW is a 1,600-member nonprofit organization and works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to restore historical park structures, eliminate invasive plant species, monitor watershed management issues, and restore trails throughout the Wissahickon Park. Follow FOW on Facebook and Twitter. For more information or to become a member, visit www.fow.org