In an ongoing effort to update their park and department signs, Defiance city officials have added another at the municipal water treatment plant on Baltimore Road.

The large, rectangular sign is white and topped with the city’s colorful logo. It was purchased through Yvonne Dale Graphics of Defiance and installed by city crews.

The cost was $3,347, according to Defiance Finance Director John Lehner.

The sign features lighting and will be completed with landscaping, indicated Rob Cereghin, the city’s director of service.

Several other city parks and properties have been upgraded with identically-designed signs in recent years — all purchased through Yvonne Dale Graphics and manufactured elsewhere — as part of a long-term plan to install them.

Bronson, Diehl, Holgate Avenue and Veterans Memorial parks have all received new signs, along with the disc golf course on the city’s Canal Road reservoir and the entrance to the city’s wastewater plant on Ohio 281 next to Defiance’s General Motors plant.

Like the water plant’s new sign, Holgate Avenue Park’s also was installed this year.

“I think it enhances the parks,” said Cereghin. “It’s just like an upgrade compared to what it was — old treated lumber with signs in the middle. These are really nice. I’m glad they’re going to them.”

Riverside Park may be the next city facility to receive one of the new signs, Cereghin indicated, while Kingsbury Park and the old Compo Park figure to get one in the future.

Compo Park had been leased by the city for years, but the ground was purchased recently by the city and will be renamed “Eastside Park” at some point, according to Cereghin.

He isn’t sure whether a new sign will be installed in Pontiac Park as that is owned by the county metropolitan board and only maintained by the city.

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