Blueway Trail Construction Update
Exciting improvements are being made on the trails at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. The ADA-compliant ramp that will take you from the parking lot to the Woodland Loop Trail has been approved and is almost complete. Timber edging has also been installed along the Woodland Loop Trail. Currently, our trail crew is working on some flagstone landings for areas with erosion problems. Visit the Preserve to see all these enhancements!
Another section of trails has been approved for construction. The next two months we will be focusing on making our trails accessible for everyone. An ADA ramp will be built at the Woodland Loop Trail, puncheon boardwalk will be installed in low spots on that trail as well, puncheon, boardwalks, and small bridges will be built around the Emma Wetlands to be able to safely and dryly navigate these ephemeral wet spaces. Some finishing work has to be done before we begin this work, including installing edging on the Beaver Tail Trail at the Emma Wetlands.
More improvements have been made on the Painted Turtle Trail and Woodland Loop Trail. More trail mix (slate gravel) has been put down, meaning more accessibility on our trails.
Much has been done in the past month. Gravel and rock edging has been put down around the community garden and along the Woodland Loop Trail. The outdoor theater has been completed, and a curving staircase was built to reach Roswell Road safely.
Despite the inclement weather work continues on improvements to the existing trails. Some of the preliminary preparation work has started on River Cane and Woodland Loop trails near our building on Roswell Road. In addition, Tailored Trails has started to lay the new slate chip trail material on the Beaver Tail Trail at Emma. This surface is more durable than the wood chips we've been using. More importantly it compacts well creating a uniform surface making it possible for those with mobility challenges be outside in nature. We will be adding edging and boardwalk where needed to navigate the wettest parts of the Preserve.
We are happy to report after receiving approval from the City we have begun initial work with improvements to the existing trails. Our trail building partners, Tailored Trails have made improvements to existing bridges on the Beaver Tail Trail at Emma and on the Woodland Loop Trail near the Community Garden.