Information Panels for Anza-Borrego
Last updated 12/21/2016 at 12:47pm
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park officials, artists, graphic designers, engravers, and park volunteers all worked against a relentless timescale to finish the installation of eighty-four information panels in seventy-three locations throughout the Park. The entire project cost approximately three-hundred and sixty-six thousand dollars, including concept, review, content/interpretation approval, and finally fabrication and installation.
District Services Manager Terry Gerson, and panel project manager stated, “It was completed under the gun in only two hundred and forty-two days.” In recognition of an extraordinary team effort, Gerson set up panel display samples of the team’s work, which was followed by a pizza-based outdoor lunch for all the participants. Gerson singled out the following individuals for special recognition: Kathy Dice, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Superintendent; Sally Theriault, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Interpreter; Robin Connors, Colorado Desert District Archaeologist; LLouse Jee, Colorado Desert District GIS Analyst; LuAnn Thompson, Colorado Desert District Interpreter; Paul Riha, Stone Imagery Design and Engraving (Main Contractor); Jenny Rigby, The Acorn Group (Subcontractor).
The new panels will be an important part of the Park experience for hikers and other park visitors with the attention to detail in both graphics and text, providing accurate historical and ecological information. Fifteen tons of base material were imported for the surrounds of various sign placements, and at least one panel was embedded into a very large boulder. The panels range in size from 11x14 inches to nearly seven-feet wide by four-feet high, are easily accessible to visitors at Park or trail entrance points, with other panels at scenic overlooks and within the deeper recesses of the Park itself. The panels were designed for longevity, taking in to account the harsh desert environment where sun, wind and weather all take their toll.