PermaTrak Project Profiles: Concrete Boardwalks and Pedestrian Bridges

Since its introduction to the US and Canada in 2010, landscape architects and engineers have designed commercial projects using the PermaTrak concrete boardwalk system for various types of applications: fishing piers, urban walkways over sensitive tree roots, pedestrian bridges, elevated greenways, wetland boardwalks and more. The project profiles below share specific boardwalk design and construction challenges. Enjoy!

Beech Road Boardwalk

In New Albany, OH, engineers with EP Ferris and Associates were working to widen the shoulder along Beech Road to provide safe access for pedestrians and cyclists.

Tags: Boardwalks, Ohio

Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway 

Located in a floodplain, Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway in Charlotte, N.C. experienced several storm events that caused debris to build up under a truss bridge.

Tags: Wetlands & Floodplain, North Carolina

Upper Tampa Bay Trail

The Upper Tampa Bay Trail is a walking, biking, and cycling trail in Florida. The trail enhancement project required several segments through wetland areas.

Tags: Boardwalks, Florida

White Rock Creek Trail 

The White Rock Creek Trail is a 7.6 mile linear trail heavily used thoroughfare by walkers, runners, and cyclists.

Tags: Boardwalks, Texas


Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Boardwalk

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia is one of the most-visited wildlife refuges in the United States.

Tags: Wetlands & Floodplain, Virginia

Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Observation Piers

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, set on Sarasota’s picturesque bay front attracts locals and tourists to enjoy music, dance, theater, and comedy.

Tags: Coastal, Florida

White Oak Greenway Underpass at NC Turnpike

The White Oak Creek Greenway had a section removed due to I-540 construction. The Town of Cary needed to rebuild this segment to maintain trail functionality.

Tags: North Carolina, Boardwalks

Jupiter Inlet Boardwalk

Jupiter Beach Park sits on the Atlantic Ocean in beautiful Palm Beach County, FL, featuring a large jetty where inlet fishing is available 24 hours a day.

Tags: Coastal, Florida

MacDonald Woods Park Pedestrian Bridges

Macdonald Woods Park is prone to post-rain flooding. The Town of Cary wanted to replace the culvert and build up creek embankments to prevent flooding.

Tags: Stream Crossings & Pedestrian Bridges, North Carolina


Pedestrian Bridges at Michael Zone Recreation Center Park

In addition to the recreation park's many amenities, the city wanted to provide solution to protect the surrounding wetland environment.

Tags: Stream Crossings & Pedestrian Bridges, Ohio

Farrell Hall Elevated Walkway at Wake Forest University

At a university, maintaining tradition within the style of new structures is integral to the overall look and feel of the campus.

Tags: North Carolina, Urban

Live Oak Park Boardwalk and Observation Pier

The Villages, an active adult retirement community in central Florida, wanted to construct an observation pier offering a view of the grasslands at Live Oak Park.

Tags: Observation Platforms, Florida

Wolf Lake Trail Crossings

For the Wolf Lake South Trail in Indiana, swale crossings were needed in several low-lying areas to prevent water from overtopping the trail and hindering natural drainage.

Tags: Stream Crossings & Pedestrian Bridges, Indiana

Wolf Lake Boardwalk

The Wolf Lake Trail was missing a link between the North Trail and South Trail and needed an elevated crossing to loop over Wolf Lake.

Tags: Indiana, Lakes & Lagoons

Hampton Park

Both the City of Charleston and Charleston County work to create safe walkways for pedestrians while protecting these trees from damage.

Tags: South Carolina, Urban

Osprey Harbor Village

A coastal observation deck would give villa owners water access and an area to relax, but traditional boardwalk materials would deteriorate over time.

Tags: Coastal, Florida

Riverside Drive Park

The Parks and Open Space Department needed a durable material that was a cost-effective and long-term solution the city could rely on.

Tags: Stream Crossings & Pedestrian Bridges, Ohio


Judaculla Rock

Jackson County Parks and Rec. needed an observation deck to: prevent damage from foot traffic, enhance visitor experience, and appease the Judaculla giant.

Tags: North Carolina, Observation Platforms

Hurricane Creek

Lose & Associates evaluated several pedestrian bridge types for the Hurricane Creek Greenway, searching for a long-term, quick-to-install structure.

Tags: Stream Crossings & Pedestrian Bridges, Tennessee

Glastonbury Multi-Use Trail

A safe and durable boardwalk section was needed to extend a new multi-use path through a protected wetland area in Glastonbury, CT.

Tags: Boardwalks, Connecticut

Beckett Park

Beckett Park gives visitors an extensive trail system that provides ample space to walk, run, fish or bike.

Tags: Wetlands & Floodplain, Ohio

Mellow Mushroom Restaurant

Elevated walkway designed to handle years of use from commercial equipment while protecting Hilton Head's signature trees.

Tags: Boardwalks, South Carolina