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Eloise-Butler Wildflowers Garden

Eloise-Butler Wildflowers Garden

Minneapolis, MN
430 linear feet of four-foot wide “continuous curve” boardwalk that was installed from above and rests on pounded-post supports

Design Challenge

Eloise-Butler Wildflowers Garden

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden needed a walkway installed over an existing path in a highly sensitive area that is home to a protected wildflower garden. The trail suffered from extensive erosion and degradation caused by nearby springs.

A key design requirement of the boardwalk was that it had to flow like a natural path.  Additionally a key environmental requirement was that installation needed to be performed without the use of powered equipment.

Design Solution

Eloise-Butler Wildflowers Garden

Wickcraft worked closely with Cunningham Group on a design that would accommodate a constant 41-foot radius curve in both left and right directions. The deck material was locally-sourced, thermally-treated, reclaimed Ash that was pre-fabricated into deck panels with 100% under-deck fasteners.

The boardwalk was installed by Trail Source, LLC, with help from the Minnesota Conservation Corp.