Entry and Wayfinding Signs

New open space signs enhance visitor safety and resource preservation.


Open space sign installation across all open space preserves is complete. A total of 767 signs of six different types were installed to assist visitors along designated roads and trails:

  • Entry signs: 216
  • Notice board signs: 36
  • Primary signs: 37
  • Secondary signs: 67
  • Tertiary signs: 90
  • Wayfinding signs: 537


The Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) installed new entry and wayfinding signs across all 34 county open space preserves. Parks staff  put in several hundred signs across a wide range of terrain. The signs convey information about directional guidance, designated usage, and resource protection. The new signs include wayfinding maps, notices, rules and regulations, and a place to leave lost items found on roads and trails. Over time, rangers will monitor sign conditions and report the need for repairs or replacements, so the sign system is maintained.

The work on this project continued through the COVID-19 shelter-in-place. The final phase of work has focused on tertiary sign posts along roads and trails, and at directional junctures.

Long-term, Multi-disciplinary Effort

The sign project was a multi-year, multi-disciplinary effort. The team included professionals in graphic design and communications, landscape architecture, cartography, materials, fabrication, and installation. Because existing signage was outdated or in some places non-existent, the project was a comprehensive rebuild that required:

  • Confirming accuracy of road and trail maps
  • Cataloging sign locations
  • Creating a graphic design system and style guide for signs
  • Prototyping and testing signs for readability and durability
  • Manufacturing signs
  • Siting and installing hundreds of signs