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Women's High Heels and Boardwalks Gaps: Minimizing the Risk

Posted by Stephen Beach on March 20, 2014

During a recent lunch and learn presentation, I was asked by an engineer about the walking surface of our boardwalk system, but this question was a bit different than I was used to hearing. “Have you ever had problems with women’s high heels getting stuck in the gaps?” he asked. His coworkers pointed and laughed and asked why he, of all people, would be asking that question.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Design

What Causes Boardwalk Tripping Hazards?

Posted by Stephen Beach on March 14, 2014

We’ve all seen the America’s Funniest Home Videos and YouTube sensations that show people falling, tripping and slipping in public. Sure those clips can be good for a laugh, but in reality, tripping on an uneven surface can cause serious injuries. Cyclists, for instance, need a smooth (but not slippery) riding surface to avoid losing control or worse, being thrown over the handlebars.

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Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

ISI Envision: Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System

Posted by Stephen Beach on February 26, 2014

The LEED certification program charted the path for infrastructure ratings systems in the U.S. As we’ve mentioned, however, LEED is hardly alone among programs that rate and reward green, sustainable building.

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Topics: Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly

6 Grants for Trails and Greenway Funding

Posted by Stephen Beach on February 21, 2014

Though there’s been a surging demand for trails and greenways in the past few years, obtaining an environmental grant to develop them can be somewhat challenging. There are numerous federal grants and programs, many reserved for local and state government, nonprofits and communities. While privately funded grants are more rare, they do exist.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

Wetland Boardwalk Construction: Timber vs. Composite vs. Concrete

Posted by Stephen Beach on February 10, 2014

Landscape architects and engineers who are interested in building boardwalks over wetlands often have several concerns: the environmental impact of the boardwalk construction process, the appearance of the finished product and the long-term impact of the boardwalk material to the surrounding wetlands. It’s vital to consider which materials to use in building boardwalks over wetlands and what sort of impression they will leave on the ecosystem.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Construction, Sustainability/Environmentally Friendly, Wetland Boardwalks

Event: Wolf Lake Boardwalk Construction in Hammond, IN

Posted by Stephen Beach on January 7, 2014

As a connection for the Wolf Lake Trail in Hammond, IN, the Wolf Lake Boardwalk is nearly complete. Stretching 1,050 LF, the structure is now believed to be the longest pedestrian bridge in the Midwest.

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

Multi-Use Trail Design: 6 Economic Benefits

Posted by Stephen Beach on January 6, 2014

Skeptics may wonder what true benefit there is in having trail systems and greenways in a community. They look nice, yes, but do they add real, tangible value to a city or town? The answer is a resounding yes. A multi-use trail design has a consistent, positive impact both in the community and in the economy. Constructing trails and green spaces in our communities is a worthwhile long-term investment.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

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

Posted by Stephen Beach on December 10, 2013

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. 

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways

Does a Concrete Boardwalk Cost More with a Curved Alignment?

Posted by Stephen Beach on October 23, 2013

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.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Boardwalk Cost

Event: First Concrete Boardwalk Installation for Massachusetts DOT

Posted by Stephen Beach on July 30, 2013

The rehabilitation and extension of the Norwottuck Rail Trail, originally opened in 1992, will continue this fall before reopening in 2014. This reconstruction effort will include a widening of the trail, improved crossing signage, bridge redecking and a PermaTrak boardwalk providing 130 linear feet of connectivity over a wetland area. With over 12' of usable space, the boardwalk extends a bustling multi use path that originally stretched from Northampton to Amherst. Today the trail gives pedestrians and cyclists access to Belchertown in the east and Easthampton in the south. 

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Boardwalk Construction

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