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Interpretive Nature Trail Sign Project at Robert Keller Park

Impact Area: Conservation, Health and Wellness
Region: Northeast

The Richland Township interpretive nature trail sign project

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About this project.

We want to install interpretive 4"x 9"  High Pressure Composite (HPC) Panels. They have a 10 year limited warranty,including a warranty against fading, even when displayed in direct UV sunlight. 

The Robert Keller public park is located in a section of Richland Township that gets a lot of active use from many ages. Presently there are basketball courts, pickleball courts, and an exercise/nature trail in the wooded area. The exiting nature trail is in need of some help. Presently there are marked posts that reference a paper booklet.  The post are in need of repair and the booklet is hard to keep in stock.

Our goal is to install more permanent visual identification signs, replacing the posts-and-booklet method. Each sign and post install costs about $100/sign and we hope to replace the 20 spots already marked along the trail. 

The Richland Township nature trail and exercise loop is a 1 mile trail that can be use by many in the community. This project will help people understand and connect with nature. The signs will point out and educate. At the same time they can get exercise. There are 4 "world trail" exercise stations already installed and located along the shaded wood mulch path.

How will this impact your community?

4" X 9" High Pressure Composite (HPC) Panel Signs.  The HPC panels will not fade, even in direct UV sunlight, warranted for 10 years.

The public park is located in a section of Richland Township that gets a lot of active use from many ages. Presently there are basketball courts, Pickleball courts, and an exercise trail. Adding this educational aspect will help all those that visit.

It's an enhanced natural playground.
“The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”

About us!

Richland Township is a Township of the Second Class, incorporated in 1734.
The population as of the 2010 Census was 13,052. 

The Township covers 21.05 square miles and approximately 13,700 acres.
There are 77.75 miles of public roads in the Township with the Township responsible for maintenance.


Funding wrapped up by August 31, 2017

By October 2017, identify the locations and signs we will be ordering. ($100 per install)

If the weather holds, begin installing in November 2017 (May roll into spring 2018)

Hold a "Trail Party" open to all  May 2018

Beth Haydens
Campaigns Manager
Thomas Marino
Park & Rec Board member

About Beth Haydens

SWELL 21 S. 11th Street, Suite 409 Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-422-3477 (office)

About Thomas Marino

All volunteer board. 11 year member (Financial Advisor by day) Personal Achievements: ● Help build new community relationships, collaborate, and build consensus to get new parks built. ● Plan and launched county and state wide multi-township trails part of the Circuit Trails a 750-Mile Network. ● Lead township board in planning the PA Highland Trail. Coordinate working with Appalachian Mountain Club, community organizations, political leaders, and various businesses. ● Recognized by the PA Senate for concern for community and commitment to humankind. ● Elite selection to the LL Bean Discovery Project. 15 participants selected in USA. • OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) Athlete: Selected by Men’s Health magazine for a feature on overcoming challenges and obstacles in life. Qualified for OCR World Championships with a top 5 finish in my age group. Completed 2016 with over 100 miles of trail and obstacle courses. email: marino.tom@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thomasvmarino/