Visions of San Pierre's Future
Fish & Wildlife Trail - Picnic Shelter
Thousands of visitors travel each year to the nearby Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area. Hunters and fishermen will most likely drive to the facility with their sporting equipment, but birders and nature lovers can arrive in San Pierre first, and begin their journey to the Wildlife Area along a recreational trail. They will return after their visit, and perhaps shop or dine in town before heading to their next destination.
Locally produced 'Welcome to San Pierre' signs welcome travelers back into town after a long journey. Other signs can note San Pierre's relation to other destinations along the route, or tell interpretive stories about the wildlife one might see in the area. The educational value of interpretive trails make them popular with school groups looking for healthy ways to educate their student body.
Large shade trees act as landmarks along the trail. Located at important crossings and rest stops along the route, they also provide shade for picnics and layover spots during long outings. Bicycle racks provide places to secure your bike, but more importantly signal to passing motorists that they are now in a 'bicycle friendly' community. Well-maintained trails can quickly become a magnet for healthy-minded tourists and visitors to the area.
The design of picnic shelters, information kiosks, restroom facilities and sign posts along the trail right-of-way can speak of San Pierre's railroad past by recalling Indiana's depot architecture of the previous century. Parking lots provide places for motorists to stop and enjoy the natural beauty of San Pierre and its surrounding landscape. Environmentally friendly compost toilets can provide a much needed service to trail-goers, with little impact on the environment.
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