FAIRFIELD – Visitors to Fairfield’s downtown will now have a handy tool to guide them through the shops around the square and amenities around town.
Installed on Monday, Sept. 16, were two kiosks with maps on both sides. One map contains a directory of businesses – one list for shopping and another for dining – within a block of the square. It shows the location of parking lots and attractions such as the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Carnegie Historical Museum, and art galleries.
The other map shows the whole city of Fairfield, including the location of its city parks, Fairfield Loop Trail, bike trail heads, and a number of public facilities and attractions such as Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Maasdam Barns and Roosevelt Recreation Center.
One of the kiosks has been placed on the southwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and Broadway Avenue (the northwest corner of the square). The other has been placed on the northwest corner of the intersection of Court Street and Broadway Avenue (the northeast corner of the square).
Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau assistant director Terry Baker said there was a snafu in the creation of the kiosks. Each kiosk is supposed to contain two different maps, one of the entire city and the other of just the downtown. Instead, the kiosks were improperly made so that one kiosk had both the downtown maps on it, and the other kiosk had both the whole city maps on it. Baker said the mix-up will be fixed promptly, within the next week or two.
“The kiosks are part of the convention and visitors bureau’s investment in creating a better visitor experience and giving guests the information they want,” Baker said. “When people see these kiosks, they’ll be able to find more restaurants and things to do.”
The kiosks were installed by ASI Signage Innovations of Grinnell. The top part of the kiosks contain a piece of art manufactured by Creative Edge Master Shop of Fairfield.
The kiosks were developed by the Wayfinding Commission appointed by the mayor. The idea for them was born a few years ago after an assessment and branding process suggested the city upgrade its signage. They money for the kiosks is coming from the convention and visitors bureau, and a few grants, such as one from the Greater Jefferson County Foundation is defraying the cost of the kiosks.
Baker said the locations for the two kiosks, on the northwest and northeast corners of the square, were chosen because they receive heavy pedestrian traffic.