Pathway users along Yuma’s East Main Canal will now be able to see where to go and how close they are to various attractions along the City’s pathway network, thanks to the efforts of the Yuma Association of Realtors.
YAR turned 10 new signs over to the City at a brief dedication Wednesday at a trail junction approximately 2 blocks east of the entrance to West Wetlands Park. Sign installation began shortly afterward.
The Yuma Association of Realtors secured more than $2,500 in placemaking grant funds from the Arizona Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. They then used these funds to coordinate production and installation.
“Executing the signage was truly a collaborative effort between the Yuma Association of Realtors and the City of Yuma,” said City of Yuma Senior Planner Naomi Leeman. “YAR and their local partners provided the vision and guidance, and City staff offered their technical expertise.”
The City’s Parks and Recreation staff assisted with the design. Engineering staff determined the locations. Planning staff coordinated the design and approvals. Public Works staff will maintain the signs in the future.
“The resulting signage will truly enhance Yuma’s linear park system by adding an important wayfinding element to the trails that not only provide directions, but also serve to brand the trails with a vibrant, colorful logo,” Leeman said.
“Realtors live, work and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in working to improve them,” said YAR President Mike Porter. “Placemaking can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities. It creates places where people feel a strong stake in their neighborhoods and are committed to making things better. These grants allowed us to enhance areas in our community and create a place where friends and neighbors can come together.”
Placemaking grants are awarded to local and state Realtor associations to help them and their members initiate placemaking projects in the community, like turning a parking lot into a farmer’s market or a vacant lot into a playground. Realtor associations and their Realtor members are actively engaged in the community and know the neighborhoods and the properties that would benefit most from these improvement efforts.