When Integrated Construction and Nobility, Inc. (ICAN) set out to create a walkway for part of the Greenprints Trail System in Woodstock, Georgia, they had their fair share of challenges. Not only did they have to drill into rock and build over creeks, but had to do all of this while keeping the natural surroundings intact. Over the past year, ICAN has developed the portion of the Greenprints Trail System called the Towne Lake Trail Pass. Despite the challenges that have come, the end result will provide a sustainable green space for people of all ages to enjoy.
When did this plan begin? In 2007, the City of Woodstock started to develop a trail system spanning over 60 miles. The mission, according to the Greenprints Alliance, was to, “advocate for a sustainable greenspace and trail network which enhances the City of Woodstock’s community, natural and economic resources for all generations by promoting the benefits of a green infrastructure system to the general public.”
Since January 2017, ICAN has developed Towne Lake Trail Pass, making it a safe and sustainable destination for people in the Woodstock area to get outside and enjoy the natural surroundings. Since there are many different types of terrain that make up this 1.3 mile stretch of trail, they decided on creating a concrete path as well as a boardwalk. While concrete paves the flat portions of the trail, our treated pine creates an elevated walkway over creeks and more.
When it came to choosing lumber for the Greenprints Trail System, treated pine was the obvious choice. It is cost-effective, sustainable and also resistant to rot, insects and fungal decay. It serves as the perfect choice for the 2,000 feet of boardwalk. This boardwalk consists of the boards elevated on concrete piers — allowing people to cross over creeks and other types of terrain that can't be paved over with concrete. At times, the boardwalk is even elevated off the ground as high as 15 feet.
Come December, this ADA compliant trail will be an outdoor haven for all ages and abilities to enjoy. The Towne Lake Traill Pass will be a community connector that promotes wellness and outdoor activities. We're proud to be a part of this project that so closely aligns with our mission of helping others "Enjoy their outside" while fostering relationships within Woodstock's local community.
If you'd like to know more about this project, stop by the Greenprints Alliance site here.