Public input key in Niles wayfinding project

Published 9:54 am Thursday, April 28, 2016

Not long ago, a survey found that people used Riverfront Park and the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail more often than any other facilities in the City of Niles.

The same survey found that people were not satisfied with the size of the trail system in Niles — they want even more trails.

These two results make it abundantly clear that Niles residents love their trails and want to make them even better.

In an effort to do just that, the city is embarking on a project to create new signs for the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail and other walking and/or cycling trails in the Niles area.

These signs, commonly referred to as “wayfinding signs,” would make it easier for Niles residents and visitors to find their way around the city, whether it is to the next portion of the trail system, a place to eat or a place to shop.

These signs could also help people learn what goods, services and activities are available in and around Niles.

What kind of wayfinding signage would work best for our trail system?

City leaders are asking for the public’s help in answering that very question.

Residents are being asked to complete an online survey that can be accessed through a link on the city’s website at

The survey, which takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete, will help city leaders determine how to best use the resources available for this project.

The questions range from what park you visit most to what type of distance measurement you would want to see on a sign (distance in minutes, miles or steps).

As always, public participation is key in making sure our community develops in the way we would like to see it develop.

We encourage everyone to take the time to fill out the survey and let your voice be heard.


Opinions expressed are those of the editorial board consisting of Publisher Michael Caldwell and editors Ambrosia Neldon, Craig Haupert, Ted Yoakum and Scott Novak.