Located in Osborn MetroPark is the Erie MetroParks Discovery Trail. The Discovery Trail is a first-of-its-kind, mile-long trail system featuring five play pods. These interactive pods are made up of larger-than-life play structures that mimic local wildlife and plant life.
As a conservation park district, Erie MetroParks ensures that natural resources are cared for by educating the public on the importance and unique qualities of the natural world around them. This makes the signage for the Discovery Trail just as important as the trail and play pods themselves. To carry out this mission of conservation, Erie MetroParks staff called on Pannier to bring their educational, interpretive, and wayfinding signs to life.
“We chose Pannier because there simply isn’t a better product out there—from the physical signs themselves, to the process of ordering, to quality control. Erie MetroParks has several Fiberglass Embedded panels in our parks and have never seen anything withstand the elements as well as these products.” —Ethan Unzicker, IT & Marketing Specialist, Erie MetroParks
Pannier fabricated a total of 48 cut-to-shape, Fiberglass Embedded panels for the Discovery Trail. Fourteen panels are educational with engaging artwork and natural science facts, three panels are located at the main entrances of the park, and thirty-one panels are arrow-shaped for wayfinding along the trail. Each panel has custom hardware integrated on the back for proper mounting.
Pannier is proud to work on this project, and many others, with Erie MetroParks to encourage families to learn and discover more together outdoors.
“The goal of the project is to encourage families to spend time outdoors together and learn about the local ecology in an immersive experience. The signage follows a unique design pattern that clearly defines the trail system as something special within the existing park.” —Ethan Unzicker, IT & Marketing Specialist, Erie MetroParks
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