CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - The City of Carbondale is getting a new look and new signage to guide locals and visitors to popular destinations around town.
The project is called the Carbondale Wayfinder Master Plan, and it has $45,000 in funding from the Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Members of the public weighed in on some of the improvement ideas and areas they want the project to focus on during an open house at City Hall on Wednesday December 12.
Lee Fronabarger has lived in Carbondale for 27 years and worked with transfer students at SIU.
He believes the city’s new wayfinding master plan will help students, alumni and their families.
“It’ll increase the friendliness of the community, of people being able to find their way around much quicker,” Fronabarger said. “It will help get them off campus and explore the community more. If they can find their way around and that will be key to with the new signage. We’re adding new bicycle trails in the areas of Carbondale so that will be important to the new students.”
Project Manager Stephen Ibendahl, with The I5 group in St. Louis, said it’s using input from stakeholders and the community to improve signage and create a cohesive look.
“Wayfinding is more than just signs," Ibendahl said. "It’s great that you know the hospital and downtown and SIU, all working together in terms of what is kind of that overall look for the city and kind of promote the city holistically.”
Ibendahl said a common suggestion at the meeting was to make downtown parking signs more user friendly.
“They love coming to downtown but sometimes they’re are confused about, ‘Am I parking in a public lot versus a private lot?’" Ibendahl said. "Sometimes they maybe get ticketed in the past for that. So if there is a clear indication of where is public parking its really an economic driver for downtown. People will feel more comfortable coming to downtown you know shopping, dinning, spending their money.”
There will be another open house in Spring 2020 to get more input on Carbondale’s Wayfinding Master Plan, but you’ll have to wait until 2021 to start seeing the newly installed signs.