Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway
Designated in 1998, The Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway encompasses more than 50 miles of parks, parkways and bicycle and pedestrian trails. It also includes a wealth of natural, historical, cultural, scenic and recreational resources and is recognized as the nation's first totally urban scenic byway. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) was seeking expertise in developing updated and new signage. Wayfinding signage was needed for byway visitors, trail riders and walkers and for identifying connections with neighborhoods and other regional trails.
Updated and new signage elements were developed as part of a comprehensive interpretive master plan for the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway that included resource assessment, mapping development of the communication network, interpretive media and signage recommendations. Designs were also made for information kiosks, directional standards, a web site and print media.
The completed project is acclaimed as having improved the quality of life in the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway area by blending environmental protection and environmental enhancement with efforts to enhance the visitor experience and meet growing transportation needs.