Sedona AZ (June 14, 2019) – The city is asking community participation in an online survey on initial designs for three gateway signs, city entrance signs, into Sedona. The existing three gateway signs located on State Route 179, SR 89A in Oak Creek Canyon, and SR 89A near the high school will be replaced as a component of one of the strategies identified in the Transportation Master Plan to enhance signage and help visitors navigate through the community.
The city is developing new branded wayfinding signage for drivers and pedestrians that will be consistent in placement, visual appearance and navigational guidance. To tie together all signage, new designs are also being developed for the three city gateways to replace the current signs, which lack a cohesive theme or Sedona wow factor.
Several initial concepts for the gateway signs have been created and the city would like the community’s input to learn:
What do you like about the designs?
What needs improvement?
Is there a preferred design?
“This project ties together a larger effort we’re undertaking to streamline signage throughout Sedona. The community’s feedback will help ensure these gateway signs mirror the character and natural beauty that sets Sedona apart, tie to all the new branded signage and ultimately become the statement pieces they deserve to be,” says Assistant City Manager and Community Development Director Karen Osburn.
The feedback collected will be provided to the design team, and the refined designs will be presented to the city council soon after. One design will be chosen for all three gateways into Sedona.
Anyone interested can provide input before June 30 by taking the online survey at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4970874/Sedona-Gateway-Signs.
For more information contact Citizen Engagement Coordinator Lauren Browne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I looked at all the proposed signs and sorry did not like one of them. Too artsy and busy and distracting. We don’t need rocks and plants around a sign. Just a nice clean sign stating Welcome to Sedona then the year it was founded is enough. Why does the sign have to mirror the beauty around them, visitors have already seen the beauty before they reach the sign so it does not mean much. The samples are way overdone. I wonder how many signs are going up in town since the statement is “wayfaring signs to help visitors navigate throughout the town”. Please just nice plain signs easy to read without “screaming for attention”. Signs cannot possibly mirror the beauty of the red rocks, attempts at competition would not be welcomed. Too much time spent on projects such as this. Even if I liked the ideas put forth I still would not like even one of the examples. As for the night skies signs, they would be meaningless during the day for those not staying the night and not easy to see when driving by at a decent speed. Sedona is getting overwhelmed with statues, we might as well change our name to Statue City. The statues at the roundabouts are not very popular from what I have heard and I just don’t get the connection: a raven attached to red rock spiral, they don’t hang out around the rocks but, in the trees, it looks ugly. The piece at the Schnebly roundabout is tasteful and pleasing but, again a little too busy to really appreciate when one is maneuvering through the roundabout. We will soon have art work over done in the medians throughout Uptown. I never knew we had Herons in Sedona and yet they will be the focus in the median as representatives of Sedona wildlife instead of the wonderful road runner or coyote. I wonder just how many visitors would even know what the birds are? Please make the signs simple but, pleasing and not so busy yelling at us “look at me”. Sorry Karen.