New signs greeting visitors at parks

Total of 13 signs now in place to help visitors enjoy the parks.
The welcome sign at Sanctuary Woods Park, 4750 66th St., is installed on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023. From left are Pete Daily and Conner Alderink, both of Heavener Property Service of Saugatuck, and Brett Grams, facilities operations of Laketown Township.

Workers packed down the last of the sandy soil around the new welcome sign at Wolters Woods Park in Laketown Township on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023. The final touches complete more than two years of planning and installation for 13 informational and welcome signs at parks throughout the township.

The most recent signs welcome visitors to each park, have some facts about the property, rules and trail maps that include, when applicable, distances and times for a hike.

The latest signs were installed by Brett Grams, facilities operations for Laketown Township, and Conner Alderink and Pete Daily of Heavener Property Service of Saugatuck.

The signs for Sanctuary Woods, 4750 66th St., Huyser Farm, 4188 64th St., Wolters Woods, 6281 147th Ave., Farview, 6257 138th Ave. and Shore Acres, 6602 138th Ave., are all 36 inches high by 54 inches wide. The sign for Laketown Beach, 6710 142nd Ave., is 58 inches high by 36 inches wide.

Earlier in the year, Grams installed informational signs at each park that include highlights of wildlife and the environment.

All 13 signs were designed by Patty Meyer, former director of the Felt Estate who retired this fall.

“I wanted to create signage that would enhance visitors’ experiences in the parks, highlighting each park’s special features and inherent wonders, wonders that might be overlooked by the casual observer,” she said in an earlier interview.

Brett Grams, facilities operations of Laketown Township, and Conner Alderink of Heavener Property Service of Saugatuck, install the new welcome sign at Wolters Woods Park, 6281 147th Ave., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023.

Other signs

In April, the township installed handcrafted signs by Robert Krause of Fennville at Shore Acres Park and Farview Park to make the sites more visible to the thousands of visitors each year.

Other signs by Krause are at the township hall, 4338 Beeline Road, Wolters Woods, Sanctuary Woods and Huyser Farm Park.

The only park remaining without a sign by Krause is Laketown Beach. A sign is planned there for next year.