BERLIN – Citizens and town officials gathered to celebrate the installation of new interpretive signs at Berlin Falls Park.
Residents, town leaders and members of the Berlin Falls Park Advisory Committee attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for the new interpretive signs now installed in the park. Amy Field, chair of the committee, said its members were thrilled with the new additions.
“The advisory committee is so pleased with the new interpretive signs, which will serve to educate visitors about the wildlife and habitats on the property,” she said. “Scavenger hunt anyone? They showcase what makes the space special, and make it feel more like a true park.”
The six interpretive signs installed throughout the park address the birds, wetlands, turtles, frogs, water quality and mammals found on the property. The first sign visitors come to, which is the one that addresses water quality, also outlines the 64-acre park’s history. It describes how a 40-year-old chicken processing plant was acquired first by Berlin Properties North and eventually by the town in 2016.
“I am very happy with the messages on the new park signs,” said Mike Wiley, chairman of the Berlin Parks Commission. “Each one has an important message concerning the environment. I hope the signs give a better understanding of the environment, both plant and living species-wise.”
Steve Farr, watershed coordinator for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, said his organization is pleased that the town is highlighting the natural assets of Berlin Falls Park. It was the Maryland Coastal Bays Program that funded the design and purchase of the interpretive signs with a $5,000 grant to the town.
“The town has been a strong partner with the Maryland Coastal Bays Program since we’ve been in existence,” he said.
He added that the organization was happy to provide funding for a project that would increase citizens’ ability to be good stewards of the environment.
“This provides visitors with important information about the ecosystem as well as the wildlife that inhabits the park,” he said.