Park Systemwide Wayfinding Program

Project Update:

Over the past year, the City of Sammamish Parks & Recreation Department has been working on the design and implementation of the Park Systemwide Wayfinding Program. This program focuses on vehicular directional signage that will guide users to City parks and preserves, a priority identified in the 2018 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan. This project will be completed in phases, beginning with the installation of vehicular wayfinding signs to three parks: Pine Lake Park, Beaver Lake Park, and Beaver Lake Preserve. Installation of this first phase is now complete. Keep an eye out for these new park signs as you drive around the City!

Project Overview:

What is Wayfinding?

Wayfinding is a system of visual standards that guides people through the physical environment and enhances their understanding of spaces. An effective wayfinding system will not only provide directional and location information for a user, it can also help strengthen a City’s identity. Wayfinding signage can be designed for vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians.

Why are We Doing This?

The 2018 PRO Plan identified a need for a comprehensive wayfinding system to help people navigate to parks in Sammamish, and orient visitors once within the parks. There are 14 City-owned parks and preserves in Sammamish’s park system. Currently, only 3 of the City’s parks and preserves have directional signage to help guide visitors to their destination.

What is the Focus?

The Park Systemwide Wayfinding Program (PSWP) will focus on vehicular directional signage that will guide users to each of Sammamish’s parks and preserves. These signs are typically installed in the City’s right-of-way, and are intended to lead users to a destination via preferred routes.

The Parks & Recreation Department began standardization and implementation efforts for wayfinding within City parks and preserves in 2014. This wayfinding includes, but it is not limited to monument signs, entry map signs, and trail intersection signs. Wayfinding signage within parks and preserves will continue to be installed and is separate from the PSWP.


Since June of 2018, City staff have been researching the complexity of wayfinding principles and exploring local examples. A 12-month effort is envisioned for the first phase of this project. The following is a preliminary list of project goals:

  • Standardize vehicular wayfinding signage using universally understood signage guidelines
  • Collaborate with Public Works and other departments
  • Identify a phased implementation plan
  • Develop a conceptual vehicular wayfinding plan
  • Install vehicular wayfinding signs to encourage use and exploration of parks


$57,000 is identified in the Parks Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the Park Systemwide Wayfinding Program.

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