Perks of Elevated Trails

Leah Walters
February 28, 2018

      Designing a park that is visitor and eco-friendly can be a challenge. It is important to find a balance between the budget, environmental impact, visitor satisfaction, and the desired timeline of the project. Elevated trails are the best way to find that balance. Their ease of installation and low environmental impact, make boardwalks the best bet for many situations. 

      Elevated trails ensure many opportunities for wildlife viewing. Boardwalks allow the wildlife around them to flourish. They provide a safe distance of observation while not disrupting habitats below. Elevated trails also allow plants and animals to travel under the trail and disperse between ecosystems. These species find food and shelter in wetlands, and therefore it is essential that we do our part to protect them.

      Wetlands almost always require an elevated trail. Visitors can access places that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to go, all while keeping their feet dry. Boardwalks serve the purpose of protecting fragile ecosystems by preventing disturbance. They embrace many different aspects of nature including wildlife, wetlands, and sandy landscapes and also help to deal with varying water levels throughout the year. Elevated trails provide an ideal spot for observation of birds and the wildlife that live in the wetland.

      Elevated trails are ideal for dealing with accessibility issues. A stable walkway – like a boardwalk – allows for a more accessible park. People in wheelchairs or those with strollers can reap the benefits of steady path. Stable walkways also help to avoid potential erosion of landscape and control shifting sand.

      In conclusion, the environmental considerations of wildlife, wetlands, and sandy landscapes require added thought. When these specific components are taken care of, it will maximize the visitor’s enjoyment in the park. Helping visitors connect with the park will keep them coming back.