Indian Rocks

Many details to paint: the grooves at the top of the posts, the canoes, center circle and raised edges of the logo, the etched black letters on the outside of the medallion, the raised black letters inside the medallion, in addition to the more obvious brown post, green and red structural elements and the white lettering.

Many of the parks in Big Canoe have an elaborate sign at the main entrance, by the road, installed when the parks were set up in the mid 2000s. Over time these signs had faded and were looking neglected. 

Wildcat sign before

Wildcat sign before

Wildcat Park sign after

Wildcat Park sign after

Although the refinishing of the signs was on the Big Canoe Maintenance’s list of things to do last year, with the pandemic and storm cleanups, a sizable backlog of tasks is now in place.

Meditation Park sign

Meditation Park sign

Meadows sign

Meadows sign

The Trails Committee decided to help out by repainting those signs. There are six in total, consisting of a stacked stone base holding two posts onto which the signs are affixed. Most of the signs are made of HDU board (high density urethane, a rigid material) sandblasted to create raised letters and other elements.

The Maintenance Dept. provided the paint and brushes. Committee members pressure washed the signs and stonework, then proceeded with the time-consuming task of painting.

Nature Valley sign

Nature Valley sign

Playfield sign

The Playfield sign had been edited after the Garden Trail was destroyed due to flooding. The bottom half was cut off and refinished resulting in a smaller sign than the rest.

There are a lot of details, which is why the signs are so attractive and part of the cohesive overall signage esthetic of Big Canoe.

Total time invested by the Trails Committee: 22 hours and 15 minutes.