From June - July of 2023, we went to the community to ask about signage on the Butler Trail. This is some of what we heard:
-Mile Markers need improvement. Trail users want more mile markers and more contextual information. Trail maps provide the full picture, but that information is not reaching many users.
-City connections are important. Provide wayfinding support to popular landmarks and destinations outside of the trail. Provide wayfinding support for users looking for places to hop off the trail to get into downtown and to other points.
-There are areas of confusion. There are several decision points along the trail that are giving trail users confusion. These points should be prioritized for providing adequate wayfinding support.
-Entry points are inconsistent. Consider how trailheads and entry points are identified - are they consistent, are they clearly marked and visible? These points should be prioritized for providing adequate trail information, orientation, and wayfinding support.
-There is signage clutter. Sign clutter in areas results in competing information and hierarchy. Many instances are several single message signs with different styles.
-Consider all abilities. The trail has varying degrees of accessibility and challenges. Consider ways of denoting features so all users can know what to expect—whether through signage and/or online tools.
-Celebrate our Trail. With an emphasis on 'our'. The Trail is a beautiful and treasured place and it benefits us all. The signage plan should explore messaging to remind users and visitors of this. We heard about people's favorite places along the trail. The signage plan should consider identifying some of these places. (Ex: Lou Neff Point, The Rock). People want to know more about the trail's ecological features. The signage plan should include consideration and updated guidelines for interpretive signs.