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New colorblind inclusive signs at Metroparks

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TOLEDO, OH (WNWO) - This time of year has people heading out to the parks in droves to enjoy some time in nature. However, when someone gets lost, it can become dangerous.

That’s why Metroparks of the Toledo Area is in the process of installing new signs that make the trails safer for a wide array of people. These signs will still have the usual color dot and mile marker on them. But now a trail abbreviation makes them readable to a very specific segment of the population…

“In doing our research, we found nearly 10%, like 8%, of men and a half-percent of women are color blind," explained Scott Carpenter, a spokes person for the Metroparks. "So color markers don’t help them. So we’ve also marked each trail marker with the initials of the trail.”

Some concerns were that people could wind up on a longer trail than expected and over exert themselves, become lost, or be unable to tell officials their location in the event of an emergency.

Carpenter goes on, “if you had an issue on the trail and needed to call 9-1-1, which is the right place to call, you would be able to identify what mile marker on what trail, and help can come.”

The Metroparks posted the sign updates on Facebook on July 23rd, and were amazed at the outpouring of support they received. Hannah Miller commented on the post that she, along with many members of her family, are color blind She said they are very excited by the new signage.

Additionally, many frequenters of the Metropark share they have friends and love ones who cannot differentiate colors. They believe the signs will be a huge help.

Adrian Fishler shared, “it’s kind of low key at this point. I mean we just know that they are color blind. But I know that things like that mean a lot. Whether they’re playing a game and there is a colorblind setting, or whatever it is. It definitely means a lot to them so I’m sure this will too.”

John “Jac” Current added, “I think they would really be more comfortable if they were to come out and see something that would aid them in their progress down the trails. I have come out here many times and its very easy to get side tracked.”

Others who are not affected by color blindness share they did not realize how often colors affect their day to day life.

“I don’t think anyone, unless your’re colorblind, would have even thought about something that important," pondered Lisa Rocklin. "So the fact that you thought about it, I just think that’s pretty neat.”

Carpenter said, “this is part of our commitment to being accessible to all and welcoming to all.”

The signs have already been placed in most of the Metroparks. The only two who have not received them yet are Oak Openings and Pearson.

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