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Sign proposal aimed at boosting conversation about Warren

Photo from Tuesday’s Parks & Recreation Commission meeting presentation A sign like this one in Erie — designed to generate social media interaction and boost tourism — was pitched to the Parks & Recreation Commission earlier this week.

A new Leadership Warren County class project aims to create a social media landmark in Warren.

“The purpose is for tourism,” said Phil Gilbert, who made the pitch to the Parks & Recreation Commission earlier this week.

Gilbert credited John Swanson for the idea and said the purpose of signs like this is for people to take pictures with them and then tag on social media. He said the sign via that social media traffic could “get the whole conversation going about Warren.”

The proposal was before the Parks & Recreation Commission primarily to get their blessing on a prospective location.

Gilbert said the LWC class reviewed several downtown possibilities — Soldiers & Sailors Park, Market St. and Pennsylvania Ave., Crescent Park — but settled on what they called a “prime spot” — the 400 block of Pennsylvania Ave. W. along the river near the bird viewing platform.

“We haven’t finalized design or really started the design process,” he said. “We’re just here to figure out the space. We need your OK for the space.”

He said what space is selected will determine the size and style of the design and told the Commission that — with the location in hand — they would be back before the commission with size and style information at a later time.

Gilbert said they’ve discussed lighting and have “been in talks” with the Warren County Career Center to potentially construct the sign.

Commission member Mike Suppa said that stretch isn’t heavily parked on the weekend and Mark Zavinski added it usually isn’t parked heavily on the evenings during the week.

Gilbert called it “not a big project” but noted that it is “another tool we can use.”

The Commission makes recommendations that go before Warren City Council and, in this instance, did make a recommendation for the 400 block location.

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