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Welcome! PermaTrak's Boardwalk Blog is for landscape architects, engineers, and parks & recreation professionals. We aim to provide educational resources on boardwalk design, boardwalk materials and construction practices for building trail and greenway systems. In reading our weekly posts, you will deepen your knowledge of commercial boardwalk materials and improve your overall understanding of boardwalk construction practices.

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Boardwalk Material Warranties: Wood vs. Composite vs. Concrete

 
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If you are a designer, landscape architect or business owner looking to begin a new boardwalk project, you know that it is a big undertaking and a significant investment in time and money. Every decision you make now is important, but perhaps most important is the type of boardwalk material you specify for use. This choice will affect not only your planning and installation process now, but also your maintenance and repairs for years to come. 

5 Tips for Evaluating & Improving City Parks: Trust for Public Land

 
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Public parks are an essential component to a healthy and thriving city. Parks offer opportunities for fitness, relaxation and community building, giving children a place to play and adults a place to stay active. They incorporate green spaces, playgrounds, multi use trails, and open areas for sports and recreation to give city residents the chance to enjoy their natural surroundings.  

Boardwalk Construction: Who Can Install a Concrete Boardwalk?

 
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Designers and owners who research boardwalk materials and boardwalk construction methods will find that PermaTrak is a fairly new product, and the precast concrete components are quite significantly heavier than wood or composite boardwalk materials. Does this mean installing contractors must be recommended by PermaTrak or “pre-certified” to install the boardwalk system? Absolutely not!

Boardwalk Construction Estimates: How Much Does a Boardwalk Cost?

 
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The most popular questions we receive during trade shows, lunch presentations or an individual meeting are:  “How much does this boardwalk system cost?” and “What is a rough boardwalk cost estimate per linear foot?” 

Boardwalk Railings: What Types of Railings Does PermaTrak Offer?

 
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While PermaTrak is a provider of boardwalk and elevated greenway systems, we work with quite a few different railing systems in conjunction with our boardwalk product. With hundreds of boardwalk railing options available, this article will review the railing's function on a commercial boardwalk, 3 common options for connecting the railing to the PermaTrak system, and several boardwalk railing material and style options.

Does a Concrete Boardwalk Cost More with a Curved Alignment?

 
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If you’re in a conceptual design stage for a trail, greenway or boardwalk segment, you may be wondering about the available turning radii for different boardwalk products. Here are some of the most common questions that come up in the concept stage when designing for a concrete boardwalk system.

Boardwalk Design: Engineering Fees for Construction Documents?

 
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Our engineering support plays a major role in the design document and construction document stages, so we like to let people know how we operate in advance. When the design document stage begins, we consult with the designer on the applicable design codes and the live load requirements– this could be a 90 psf pedestrian loading, H5 truck (10,000 lb vehicle), H10 truck (20,000 lb. vehicle), or more. We prefer to partner with the specifying landscape architect or engineer, by offering:

Boardwalk Construction: Annie Jones Greenway in Cary, NC

 
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The Town of Cary, NC is continuing to develop an expansive multi use trail system (nearly 70 miles of greenways) with enhancements to the Annie Jones Greenway.

What Kind of Maintenance is Required for a Concrete Boardwalk?

 
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Boardwalk decks are designed for exterior use, constantly exposed to the reality of harsh weather and the effects of nature. Most public walkways and trail systems require annual maintenance to continue to look nice, function correctly and remain safe. What maintenance is required for a concrete boardwalk?

How Can I Design a Concrete Boardwalk for Uplift Forces?

 
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One of the most popular questions I hear from engineers is “How do you design for uplift?” To properly understand how to design for uplift, let’s first understand what forces we are talking about. Some are intuitive while others are not quite as obvious. The following are 6 common forces causing uplift on a boardwalk:

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