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New Boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park

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Published on Nov 7, 2011

Each year, over 200,000 visitors come to the 1,500-acre park to enjoy the rich, natural island of open space that features forested areas, meadows filled with wildflowers, vast wetlands bursting with wildlife and some of the best birding in the region, with more than 200 species identified in the park. It is an oasis of natural resources in an urban sea.

Park visitors generally head for the half-mile wetland boardwalk trail and observation tower to enjoy the best views. This past summer, the boardwalk's surface boards, originally laid in 1993, were replaced. After 18 years, the raised boardwalk was in need of replacement as pressure-treated lumber which had been exposed to the elements for many seasons had reached the end of its lifespan. The support structure remains in place and is anticipated to last another 12 to 15 years.

All surface boards and both observation platforms were replaced. The new boards are made from 100% high density polyethylene, 90% of which comes from recycled milk jugs. This is the most environmentally friendly, non-toxic plastic "lumber" product available and is used nationwide by parks and wildlife refuges.

"We are very pleased with the results," explained Park Manager Kevin Munroe. "The trail is more enjoyable than ever, and the fact that we could use a green product as well, just confirms that this project was well planned and executed. Those who love strolling on the boardwalk will be very happy."

This was a large project, requiring more than one million screws and 1,000 truck trips from the parking lot to the boardwalk. Project costs were approximately $600,000, provided through the 2008 Park Bond.

Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd. in Alexandria. For more information about the park call 703-768-2525 or visit them online. For more information regarding the opening call the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

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