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Tampa's Largest Park Renovation: Using PermaTrak Over Tree Roots

Posted by Jason Philbin on May 21, 2018

Julian B. Lane Park Expands, Including a PermaTrak Elevated Walkway

As part of the recent renovation at Tampa’s Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, PermaTrak has come alongside the city’s designers, engineers and landscape architects to install an elevated concrete walkway, which park-goers can use to enjoy the new sites and amenities.

The park’s $35 million renovation marks the most funding the City of Tampa has ever dedicated to a park. The new Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, opened to the public in May 2018, offers the community new access for kayaks, boating and aquatic sports, as well as tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a multi-use football field, areas for lacrosse and soccer and a performance pavilion with green spaces for concerts.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Boardwalk Construction, News

Using Timber Foundations with a Concrete Boardwalk System

Posted by Jason Philbin on March 6, 2018

One question we hear often from engineers and architects is, “If the lifecycle of timber is so much shorter compared to PermaTrak, why is it one of your recommended foundations?”

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Concrete Boardwalk Questions

Crossways Bridge & Trail Project Wins Concrete Boardwalk Award

Posted by Jason Philbin on February 22, 2018

 

Congratulations to Lower Gwynedd and Whitpain Townships (PA), who received a 2017 Montgomery Award from the Montgomery County (PA) Board of Commissioners!

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Topics: News

Pedestrian Bridges at Quarry Park - Winston-Salem, NC

Posted by Jason Philbin on September 27, 2017

Pedestrian Bridges at Quarry Park - Winston-Salem, NC

PermaTrak is pleased to announce that two pedestrian bridges have been installed at Quarry Park, located in Winston-Salem, NC. The park opened in August 2017 and covers 225 acres.

A 40-foot PermaTrak bridge connects visitors to a nearby residential area, and across the park, a 50-foot bridge goes through an oak forest. Park visitors can traverse the 1.25-mile Waughtown Connector Greenway, which connects the Quarry Park trail with existing Winston-Salem greenways.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Boardwalk Construction

PermaTrak Boardwalk and Observation Deck at Mercy Park – Joplin, MO

Posted by Jason Philbin on August 9, 2017

PermaTrak Boardwalk and Observation Deck at Mercy Park – Joplin, MO

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

Envision Composite Decking vs PermaTrak Concrete Boardwalk

Posted by Jason Philbin on July 25, 2017

Landscape architects and engineers are faced with multiple options when it comes to selecting the best material for their design projects.

Today, we’re going to take a look at TAMKO’s line of composite decking, called Envision.

Generally speaking, homeowners and deck builders, as well as some landscape architects, are familiar with Evergrain decking. Evergrain decking is one of four products under the TAMKO Envision decking products line we’ll discuss below.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials

Erie Canal Towpath Pedestrian Bridge – Clifton Park, NY

Posted by Jason Philbin on July 18, 2017

Erie Canal Towpath Pedestrian Bridge – Clifton Park, NY 

PermaTrak is excited to announce that a 13 ft.9 in. wide, 140 ft. long elevated PermaTrak pedestrian bridge sitting above the historic Erie Canal is complete. 

Linking up with the original Erie Canal Towpath built in the 1820’s, the PermaTrak pedestrian bridge spans a breach in the towpath. It lies just over Wagers Pond, which connect to the Mohawk River - the largest tributary to the Hudson River. 

Trail enthusiasts can now enjoy the connection between two New York towns - eastern Clifton Park and western Halfmoon (about 20 minutes north of Albany).

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

Using PermaTrak Wedge Panels for Boardwalks with Sharp Turns or Curves

Posted by Jason Philbin on June 20, 2017

Using PermaTrak Wedge Panels for Boardwalks with Sharp Turns or Curves


If you’re considering designing a boardwalk or elevated trail with curves or sharp turns, you might be concerned about cost, design limitations, or engineering roadblocks.

Not only is PermaTrak an excellent option for your boardwalk due to its durability and lack of required maintenance, but PermaTrak concrete boardwalks are also versatile in terms of horizontal alignment changes.

Generally speaking, curves, sharp turns or sweeping radii become more common on longer elevated trail or boardwalk segments. This could be a result of designers taking what the site gives them, it could be driven by user experience, or a combination of both. As one example: who wants to run or bike down a perfectly straight boardwalk for miles on end? Even just a simple, gradual curve can break up the monotony and improve the user’s experience.

Here are some common questions that come up from designers looking to specify a boardwalk with curves, sharp turns or radii:

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

Featured Designer: Keiji Asakura - Asakura Robinson

Posted by Jason Philbin on June 5, 2017


The PermaTrak featured designer article series showcases top performing landscape architects and engineers who discuss their design perspective, current projects, challenges, and accomplishments.

This month’s featured designer is Keiji Asakura from Asakura Robinson. Keiji is the principal designer in Asakura Robinson’s Houston office, and has over 36 years of experience in urban design, landscape architecture, and community planning.

We talked with Keiji about how he got into the world of landscape architecture, the specialties of his firm, the Westbury High School project, and more.

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Topics: News, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Featured Designer: Jeff Ashbaugh, PLA – Alfred Benesch & Company

Posted by Jason Philbin on April 5, 2017

The PermaTrak featured designer article series showcases top performing landscape architects and engineers who discuss their design perspective, current projects, challenges and accomplishments.

This month's featured designer is Jeff Ashbaugh from Benesch (headquartered in Chicago). Jeff is a Senior Project Manager at Benesch and is responsible primarily for large-scale non-residential parks and green spaces.

We talked with Jeff about how he executes design, how Benesch focuses on sustainable solutions, and the two decade long overhaul of Village Park in North Carolina. 

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, News

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About This Boardwalk Blog

The PermaTrak boardwalk blog articles are written for landscape architects, engineers, and agency or municipality professionals.

We aim to provide educational resources for designing and building boardwalks, pedestrian bridges, trail and greenway systems. 

By reading our weekly posts, you will deepen your understanding of boardwalk design, cost estimates, and construction practices. 

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