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Wayfinding is a system of signs and visual cues that helps people navigate through a city, guiding them to key destinations such as parks, trails, schools and transit stops.
The City currently has a variety of different signs which can make navigating through Issaquah confusing. A new set of comprehensive City park, facility and wayfinding signage will ensure residents and visitors know how to find important destinations throughout our community.
As Issaquah continues to grow, we are investing in our wayfinding across the city to ensure that we continue to serve a diverse group of residents and visitors.
Once residents or visitors stop at one destination in our downtown or in a neighborhoods, wayfinding can help to ensure that they stay and visit multiple destinations, boosting our economy. Wayfinding also supports sustainability goals by encouraging walking, cycling and rolling
Wayfinding around the city can spark curiosity and encourage users to wander into new places they may never would imagine going to otherwise. A successful wayfinding system will also help create a common identity for our neighborhoods, demonstrating why Issaquah is a premiere place to live, work and visit.
Four preliminary sign design concepts were presented to the public in May 2021. Following a robust community engagement process, public feedback led to the creation of a wayfinding sign concept.
Prototypes of two sign types were on display along the Rainier Trail by the Community Center in September 2022.
The preferred concept was modified to reflect the feedback received from the community survey, the Park Board and the City’s internal team. The final signage design may be found here.
Here are a list of additional resources for the Wayfinding project:
- Nov. 2019-Feb. 2021: Wayfinding Steering Group Meetings #1-5
- Mar. 2021: Park Board Update
- May 2021: Online Survey
- Aug. 2021: Park Board Update
- Sept. 2021: Arts Commission Update
- Sept. 2021: Park Board Update
- June 2022: Park Board Update
- End of 2022-early 2023: Phase 1 Implementation will be publicly bid at the end of 2022 and installed in early 2023