The first set of newer, smaller wayfinding signs is going up in Fayetteville this week.
The signs are part of a new regional wayfinding system that includes installing 300 signs in seven cities across Northwest Arkansas.
The project, which aims to de-clutter the area by replacing the many types of various wayfinding signs scattered across each city with a new matching signage, is funded in part by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation to Endeavor Foundation, in partnership with the Northwest Arkansas Council.
The grant money paid for cost of the first 60 signs. As part of the grant terms, each city agreed to fund and install the remaining signs. The city and the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission have agreed to spend about $125,000 to help fund nearly 40 more signs set to be placed around Fayetteville this fall.
The first crop of signs went up this summer and included large, double-pole panels on some of the major roadways like Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Fayetteville.
Jeremy Pate, the city’s development services director, said not all of the remaining signs will be as large as what’s out there right now. Pate said the city has control over sign sizes on local streets, whereas the Highway Department sets its own regulations for signs on state roadways based on the posted speed limit.
We spotted one of the smaller, single-pole signs shortly after it was installed on North College Avenue Wednesday between Dickson and Lafayette streets. The new sign points visitors to Dickson Street and the Walton Arts Center.
Other Fayetteville destinations set to receive signage include the local air and military museums, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Chamber of Commerce, Clinton House Museum, Downtown Square, Fayetteville District Court, Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville Visitors Center, Gary Hampton Park, Gulley Park, Lake Fayetteville, U.S. District Courthouse, Uptown District, University of Arkansas and Walker Park.
Source: City of Fayetteville, courtesy of MERJE