Council for the Region of Queens heard a presentation from Harold Carroll from the Department of Natural Resources about a new plan for provincial parks.
Carroll explained the new 10-year provincial parks programs and its initiatives.
“We all know the challenges people have relayed to us… of finding some of our parks and one of the major initiatives we have identified in this plan that we’ve started on… was to review all of our signage,” says Carroll.
Those signs include directional signs to find parks and identifying signs. A working committee that includes the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is working on a standard sign to make finding parks easier.
“Most importantly we’re going to improve signage to get people off the 100 series highways and into the parks,” says Carroll.
Right now there are only about 12 parks out of 20 that have large highway signs. As a result of the new plan, all parks will get the signs.
In 2014 a few packages of new signs will be sent out at as a pilot project. Then in the coming years all parks will be converted.
A logo is also being developed for the signs. Other parks systems like the federal parks have an identifiable logo (the beaver).
Carroll also broke the news that the Thomas H. Raddall Park has acquired an extra 400 acres that will be formally designated as part of the park.
A master interpretive plan is in the works for all parks. Carroll cited the work that has been done in the Raddall Park as regards the aboriginal interpretation at the park and says they wish to replicate that at other parks.