Surrounded by lush foliage and home to abundant wildlife, the Ponderosa Walking Park is a hidden gem just to the north of bustling Houston, Texas. With a goal to engage visitors and raise awareness for the park’s natural resources, the Ponderosa Forest Municipal Utility District and Interpretive Insights partnered with Pannier to develop durable educational and wayfinding exhibits.
In 2015, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT) began working with Chippewa County to provide green infrastructure improvements for Sherman Park Beach, located along the St. Mary’s River in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. The beach had been experiencing periodic closures due to elevated levels of E.coli from storm water runoff.
ECT designed a stormwater “Best Management Practices” for Chippewa County, which included the installation of rain gardens, sidewalk infiltration grates, and native plantings, along with redirecting a storm drain to discharge outside of the jetties, and soil stabilization. In addition, a beach nourishment plan was prepared to raise the profile of the beach, restore the sand dunes and help infiltrate runoff.
As part of the project, ECT’s Senior Administrative Coordinator Chris O’Meara designed seven interpretive panels to display educational information. O’Meara’s designs were manufactured as Fiberglass Embedded panels. Four were installed into Pannier Traditional T exhibit bases, while one became part of a Triangular Kiosk.
Climate Change is one of the most talked about topics in the world today. For the past three years, Pannier has been working with the National Park Service (NPS) as part of a Plan, Design, Build contract to design wayside exhibits that provide awareness of the impacts of Climate Change in different areas of the country. This project was awarded as part of Pannier’s IDIQ contract with NPS.
Located at the Greenville Downtown Airport, Runway Park is the perfect combination of fun and education for children of all ages. The park features an aircraft themed playground, part of a Boeing 737 airplane, an airport hangar that can be rented out and its newest addition, 17 educational signs.
Combining exercise, nature and literature is what Owlexander’s Hoot Route is all about! Located in Centerville-Washington Park District in Ohio, Owlexander’s Hoot Route is the first nature and literature trail of its kind. This trail was a community effort between the park, the Washington-Centerville Public Library and is fully funded by the Yeck Family Foundation.