Philadelphia Parks & Recreation – Forbidden Drive

Forbidden Drive is one of Philadelphia’s most popular recreation areas. Running along the Wissahickon Creek, it was first used by the Lenni Lenape tribe and later became an industrial center in the nineteenth century, accommodating over 50 mills in the valley. Forbidden Drive received its unusual name after automobile traffic was banned in the 1920s.

Drawing on the master signage guidelines that CG developed for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the 17 interpretive panels that CG developed bring to life the Drive’s colorful features with subjects ranging from animals and plants to geology and dams.

Notable: Wissahickon Valley Park includes a covered bridge, historic inn and 57 miles of hiking and biking trails.

Project partners
  • Dommert Phillips
  • Judy Rand

Interpretive planning and design
Sign system design
Wayfinding strategy