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Diamond Point Park to have interpretive signs

New signs at Diamond Point Park will explain the history of the region and the park.

The Bemidji City Council on Monday approved the purchase and installation of 19 interpretive signs to be placed throughout the park.

Seven signs will be situated at the main park building, six along the walkway, and three at the Outdoor Program Center.

Fossil Graphics will make the signs at a cost of $13,681 and Gordon Construction will provide hardware and labor at a lost of $1,654. The city will pay for both through contingency funds available for the entire Diamond Point Park project.

The interpretive signs utilize different slogans to cover their topics, such as "Lure of the Water's Edge" while discussing the history of the people who have lived and worked along the shores of the Mississippi River and Lake Bemidji.

The signs utilize both words - narration and direct quotations - and pictures to depict their messages. Their background color is light tan or khaki. The font is primarily black, and their headlines, or slogans, are written in large, cursive script.

The three signs planned for the boat building have few words, but include large pictures of people throughout the past who have used the lake for recreation and fishing.

"They're really attractive," Mayor Richard Lehmann said, adding that the signs do a nice job of portraying the history of the area.

The renovation of Diamond Point Park is expected to be complete by Oct. 31, according to Dan Haluptzok, the superintendent of parks and recreation. The interpretive signs will likely be installed toward the end of October.