GRANVILLE, OHIO (September 4, 2020) The Licking Park District, in conjunction with LCATS (Licking County Area Transportation Study) and the Licking County Health Department, have installed wayfinding signs along the TJ Evans Bike Trails in Licking County.
The Licking County Health Department, via their Creating Healthy Communities program, purchased wayfinding signs and a kiosk for installation along Licking County’s 46 miles of bike trails. These signs will give trail users distances to destinations all along the bike trails. LCATS identified distances between communities and provided exact locations for placement of wayfinding signage. The Licking Park District installed over 100 signs in 26 locations around the county.
Licking Park Director Richard Waugh commented that, “This was a great collaborative effort with the Health Department and LCATS. Wayfinding signs are appreciated by the thousands of annual users of the bike trail system, both local and visitors.”
“LCATS is thankful to have been a part of this project with the Park District and Health Department. We are always glad to participate in transportation system improvements, especially those that reduce emissions and encourage active living. Our hope is that this helps both local and visiting trail users for many years to come,” said Alex Nouanesengsy of LCATS.
“CHC is proud to invest in the county’s trail network because it provides various forms of free physical activity for everyone. We hope the new signage will encourage more exploration on the trails,” stated Carrie McKee, Creating Healthy Communities Coordinator.
The Park District and its private and public partners continue to improve and enhance the trail system. In 2020, 4.5 miles of bike trails were paved. Improvements were made in Newark, Granville, Heath and Johnstown. Additional improvements are planned for 2021.