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.
Since its development in 2011, the Ponderosa Walking Park has been a popular recreational area for local residents. However, in its short history, the park has suffered its fair share of devastation at the hands of Mother Nature. Because of that, Interpretive Insights sought out Pannier’s Gel Coat Laminate (GCL) panels and frameless exhibit bases that are capable of enduring the harshest of environments.
Amanda Hughes-Horan, Principal of Interpretive Insights, said “Pannier was chosen because of their Gel Coat Laminate (GCL) panel material which is designed to protect signage from the harsh conditions sometimes incurred at this site. The park was under several feet of water during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and we needed signage that was rugged enough to withstand periodic flooding such as this.”
Even though it’s vulnerable to the elements, the 20-acre community park serves as refuge for a variety of birds and animals as well as natural resources including native wildflowers, wetlands and a butterfly garden. Nine low profile displays can be found along the park trails with the purpose of interpretation and education. In addition, two larger scale frameless signs and upright exhibit bases were produced to better orient visitors to the site. These wayfinding panels include park maps and entrance signage to welcome park guests.
Many thanks to the Ponderosa Forest Municipal Utility District and Interpretive Insights for selecting Pannier!
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