Countywide Wayfinding Study
On November 10th, the Placemaking Section of the Prince George’s County Planning Department hosted the first stakeholder workshop for the Countywide Wayfinding Study to discuss wayfinding in the County. The goal was to understand the challenges when planning and implementing wayfinding, discuss the main difficulties and how they can be improved, and identify ways to streamline the process. Participants included representatives from agencies that regulate wayfinding (i.e. Department of Public Works & Transportation, State Highway Administration), community associations, municipalities, interests groups, and County staff. The consultant team presented their findings from research of existing conditions and used Miro to engage participants with series of interactive exercises. Please review the minutes of the workshop and presentation for more information.
The consultant team’s next task is to develop the draft case study and analyze the roles of the different jurisdictions, which is scheduled to last until early February 2021.
Staff is working with consultants to improve wayfinding in Prince George's County. Wayfinding is the infrastructure used to help people navigate from place to place. This infrastructure includes signs, landmarks, directional markers, and sensory input.
Different agencies and offices govern signs and landmarks in the County. As a result, in many areas, wayfinding is inadequate or confusing for community members. The County prioritizes pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Furthermore, the County wants to improve the navigability of neighborhoods. Effective wayfinding is essential for both goals.
The project aims to:
- identify problems with wayfinding in the County;
- identify challenges to providing wayfinding in the County;
- make recommendations for new wayfinding in the County;
- provide communities resources for improving their wayfinding; and
- establish a framework for wayfinding installation and maintenance.
This project includes:
- recommendations to make the process of installing wayfinding more efficient;
- examining who has responsibility over which wayfinding to identify places for improvement; and
- making a toolkit for communities to use when planning wayfinding.
First Stakeholder Workshop Prep
Research and Engagement (Stakeholder Workshop #1)
Develop Draft Case Study and analysis of roles of different jurisdictions
Review of Case Study/Strategy
Stakeholder Workshop #2
Refine Case Study