There have been several recent inquiries about the 'Little Kiosk Structures' that have been seen popping up lately, so as the project manager with St. Paul Parks wanted to get back in touch to update the District Councils and other interested groups on the project.
These little kiosks, (one near the intersection of Burns and Johnson Parkway, one at the intersection of Randolph and Shepard Road, one at the new parking lot at Shepard Rd. and Elway and one at the scenic overlook near the Ford Dam) are part of the National Scenic Byways interpretive sign and kiosk project funded, in part, by a Scenic Byways grant. During the project design, the Parks department submitted project information to District 1 about the kiosks and they are now, finally, being completed.
The kiosks will have both historic interpretive materials that relate to their particular locations and wayfinding maps. They also help to identify that a trail is part of the Saint Paul Grand Round.
When completed, the kiosks will also include a solar (photovoltaic) powered lighting system to illuminate the wayfinding maps at night. At various locations along the river, there will also be interpretive history panels that tell the story of how the Mississippi River has been utilized by the residents of the area.
There is additional information on the project, the kiosk and sign panel locations on the City Web site, linked here:
The project is expected to be completed before the end of May.