era of budget restrictions, recreation managers continually
strive for ways to help facility users participate in
activities safely and successfully, with minimal staff
interaction. One of the most common tools for facilitating
independent use is informational signs. Effective signs help
users find their way around buildings, set individual workouts
on fitness machines, and tour historical sites independently.
Ineffective signs alienate users and cause an increased number
of program complaints.
Some examples of effective technical
communication in recreation
Markers display maps, intensity and accessibility levels,
trail highlights, and cautionary notes.
Internal and external building signs identify parking,
building entrances, specific rooms, restroom and concession
facilities, accessibility features, and emergency evacuation
Circuit training course signs
Directive signs provide information about the course route,
specific exercises available at each stop, and suggestions and
cautions for exercising.
Roadside and object markers provide information about
identified historic landmarks including dates and the
landmarks’ historic significance.
Museum information signs
Building signs and artifact markers offer museum tour
information, and spotlight specific information on displayed
Fitness equipment caution and operating
Warnings and directive signs identify hazards and operating
procedures including instructions for setting individual
Weatherproof signs provide information on type of plants and
their significance in the garden.
explain potential risks of activity and identify participant
and provider responsibility.
Park use signs
Markers provide park
operation schedule along with educational and cautionary
Activity brochures, travel guides, tournament
programs, special event flyers are all additional examples of
technical communication used in the recreation industry.