06 December 2018
Bhubaneswar: Magnificent and meaningfully designed signage and way findings have been executed by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) at seven major city parks here including Indira Gandhi Park, Biju Patnaik Park, Madhusudan Das Park, Buddha Jayanti Park, Kharavel Park, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Park and Mahatma Gandhi Park.
The motive behind the move is to help tourists and visitors orient their position and get to their desired location. Once properly implemented, the signage will help the tourists determine where they are, designate the route they should take, reassure them that they are following the correct route and finally confirm arrival at the desired destination.
The way finding plan implemented in Bhubaneswar city parks aims to make the parks easily navigable within and provide information to connect the parks to the cultural assets all around. They will help visitors navigate the course to their desired location while setting their minds at ease. They would help the users find basic facilities and points of interest inside the park, on their own.
The map signage informs the visitors of all significant points of interest such as attractions, toilets, drinking water and pathways. Entry signage will indicate entrances for both abled and specially-abled persons. A comprehensive caution signage at each of the gate of the parks with dos and don’ts for the park premises is also added. Each point of interest has been provided with signage to indicate its presence.
The wayfindings are efforts of city planners and they have brought a new level of convenience to tourism by creating step-by-step guides to parks, points of interest and other “must-see” locations. Not only have their wayfinding systems improved user experiences, they have also allowed cities to brand themselves and promote their unique cultural landmarks.
It also brought into attention, hidden attractions, such as the fountain and boat at Biju Patnaik Park, the amphitheatre at Buddha Jayanti Park, whale area in Madhusudan Das Park and many more spots previously scarcely visited.
“The signage in the Madhusudan Das Park near Pokhariput has given a new trendy and international look to our park. As a morning walker and an office-bearer of a resident welfare association nearby I feel proud to be part of the city, which has changed itself a lot for and during the World Cup Hockey,” said Nrupakishore Patnaik, president of Resident Welfare Association, Kalunanda Nagar, Pokhariput.
A morning walker at Biju Patnaik Park, M. Shantanu, also added that the addition has given a new perspective to major city parks.
It can be added here that signage and way findings had previously been executed in three smart parks in Smart city district. Besides, the Old Town area is decked up with heritage signage near the beautiful monuments.