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Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge

Minneapolis, MN
Over 800 linear feet of eight-foot wide boardwalk pier with a 30’x30’ bird-watching platform.

Design Challenge

Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge

This project began as a replacement of an aging boardwalk that had been seriously weathered by exposure to the wetlands and flooding. The area consists of floating bogs and unstable ground, presenting an installation challenge for a boardwalk.  It was important to have a new and improved trail but also install vantage points for visitors to enjoy bird-viewing at this oasis in the middle of a big city.

The refuge ranges from urban to rural providing a unique opportunity to enjoy wildlife related recreation in the shadows of skyscrapers and grain elevators.

Design Solution

Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge

The bogs and wetlands were combatted by an 800-foot-long raised Boardwalk that lead out to a 30’ x 30’ bird-viewing platform.

The anchored pan-feet through the marshes of the refuge allow visitors to explore all that the park has to offer without having foot traffic damage the natural areas.