City proposing ‘wayfinding’ system for downtown

Elyssa Parnell Staff Writer

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NEWBERRY — The City of Newberry will hold a public feedback session from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 on a proposed wayfinding system for the City of Newberry.

Pedestrian wayfinding systems are navigational tools that help pedestrians determine where they are, and where they can go to reach a desired destination. While these systems traditionally consist of signs, wayfinding systems can now also involve GPS systems, web connectivity, and mobile technology.

The city’s proposed system will cover the downtown historic district, side streets, and the main arteries running into this district, according to Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt.

DeWitt said the purpose of the feedback session is to get the community involved in gathering their thoughts and input about the concept. The meeting will be held at City Hall.

The idea for a wayfinding system began about four months ago, when DeWitt said the city saw this as a need for the downtown district.

Rodger Motiska with Rodger Motiska Designs will present the proposed system to those present at the feedback session. Motiska has been in the business for over 20 years and has designed similar systems for Rock Hill, Raleigh, N.C., and others.

“The addition of wayfinding in our downtown historic business district, and the main arteries leading into, will make navigating the area a more pedestrian friendly experience. A pleasant experience will encourage visitors to stay a bit longer and enjoy all of the shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities Downtown Newberry has to offer,” DeWitt said.

Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at


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