On June 18, 2014, officials from the Tribes, City of Polson and various interested civic organizations met to plan for the creation of interpretive sign panels for the waterfront trail from Riverside Park to Salish Point. The meeting resulted in an implementation plan for the drafting and installation of 15 beautiful signs that would educate our local youth, general public and the many summer visitors while enjoying the Polson waterfront. These panels are to depict the unique physical and natural landscape of the Lake, Tribal history and languages, general development history as well as the CSKT and Polson cooperation.
Polson Redevelopment Agency (PRA) through the leadership of Jules Clavadetscher, jump started the project and funding was identified from the PRA, the Greater Polson Community Foundation, CSKT Natural Resource Department, CSKT/Polson Salish Point joint Committee Fund and the Lower Flathead Community Foundation. Joanne Yardley, a professional sign designer was contracted to assist with the project and many local experts such as noted Tribal Historian Thompson Smith, provided input alongside the use of Paul Fugelberg’s publications and historical photos.
The signs to be placed on the hand railings under the Pier walkway under the Highway bridge and on the Salish Point Westside pier are still awaiting placement but the panels that are placed are currently providing a unique experience for walker’s & strollers.