Drawing a map sounds easy, until you try it. So the Serpentine Art and Nature Commons (SANC) discovered when it tried to map trails on its Grymes Hill nature preserve.
The wooded slope of Grymes Hill is criss-crossed with abandoned roads, cow paths, dog runs and other trails. Most of them have been abandoned for years and lead nowhere. They are a danger to hikers. SANC needed to define specifically where its trails went and record them on a large sign at its Van Duzer Street entrance and add markers along the trail.
Volunteer Tom Kratz started by making a rough drawing of the trails on a topographical map of Grymes Hill. He then refined his estimates by walking the trails with a GPS device which defined trail locations and distances. Finally, he used the topographical map to note changes in elevation.
Kratz took his draft map to Pat DeCicco, a retired chief sign painter for the city’s Parks Department. DeCicco projected the draft onto a larger piece of paper. Next, he cut a large piece of tin and, using the larger draft, painted the map on it. Finally, he mounted the map on a wooden frame at SANC’s Van Duzer Street entrance. The resulting sign notes SANC and connecting trails by color and includes elevations and highlights along the trails. At the same time, SANC staff members Robert Pipkins and Corwin Butler cut and painted wooden directional arrows and posted them along the trails.
SANC hopes that hikers will use its newly marked trails responsibly and safely to explore its woodlands, scenic overlook and Serpentine barrens.
– Daniel Ramine, SANC volunteer, SIlive.com