Biloxi Lighthouse 

Biloxi, MS

Project Overview

1320 linear feet of six-foot wide
boardwalk using non-penetrating, adjustable,
pan-foot legs and hurricane anchors




Design Challenge

Biloxi Lighthouse Park is a post-hurricane Katrina $5.2 million federally funded venture park renovation and expansion featuring a visitor’s center, a nature trail, native foliage and plantings, as well as a children’s playground.

“It was an interesting challenge, to create an environmentally friendly, educational site,” said Leigh Jaunsen of Dale Partners.  “It’s a part of the visitor’s center, which is a very formal, developed building.  We had to think through carefully how we were going to merge these two.”

Design Solution

Jaunsen utilized an undeveloped, low-impact portion on the north side of the park, where a Wickcraft boardwalk creates a walking path surrounded by native foliage. This also provided a nice buffer for the nearby neighborhood.

The boardwalk rests on nonpenetrating pan-foot legs and the whole system is anchored with DuckBill hurricane anchors.


Wildfolwers Garden 

Minneapolis, MN

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




Design Challenge

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

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.


Cone Health
Healing Gardens

Greensboro, NC

Project Overview
490 linear feet of six-foot wide boardwalk with
custom platform stairs that is decked with
high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic
and rests on adjustable, pan-foot legs.




Design Challenge

Cone Health wanted to use a reclaimed rainwater retention pondto create healing gardens as a part of a peaceful outdoor environment for patients and their families as well as provide a center piece for this leading cancer treatment center.

Studio Pagliai worked with the trustees, patients, and families to secure a piece of property that was originally designated for a parking garage.  The focus was an ADA-accessible sanctuary featuring endless boardwalks with several reflection enclaves and multiple levels of perspectives.

Design Solution

The smart use of an irregular looping boardwalk, with multiple  spur trails, rest stops and benches, creates a sense of calm.

Wickcraft’s use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic decking and stainless-steel railings creates the clean, refined look.  

The entire boardwalk rests on an adjustable, non-penetrating, pan-foot legs with weed-block to prevent growth under the boardwalk.



Wildlife Preserve

Midland, TX

Project Overview

Approximately 2270 linear feet of six-foot wide
boardwalk through an urban playa lake, designed
using teak decking and anchored, adjustable,
non-penetrating pan-foot legs




Design Challenge

The mission was to make a preserve out of an urban playa lake where conservation, restoration, education, research, and enjoyment of nature area is of utmost importance.

The rainwater runoff proved to be the biggest challenge when it came to this urban playa lake.  

There were frequent flash floods that would render the trails useless. The floods would erode the ground and make it difficult for the enjoyment of a haven in the middle of an industrial area.

Design Solution

The use of an elevated boardwalk with adjustable, non-penetrating pan-feet enabled the natural flow of rainwater and did not damage the ground that the boardwalk rested upon.

A large overlook structure allowed for wildlife viewing and theenjoyment of the urban playa lake.

The boardwalk was completed with teak decking that matched the natural surroundings.


City Line Park

Richardson, TX

Project Overview

430 linear feet of ten-foot wide urban boardwalk
with integrated overlooks, benches, and
receptacles.  Over 30 feet in the air at points,
resting on helical piles




Design Challenge

This centrally located, rapidly growing urban plaza is home to many interconnecting pedestrian trails.  

Buildings surrounding City Line Park severely limited rainwater runoff pushing the flow of water to the narrow drainage areas andcompromising the preexisting trails.

Accommodating the pedestrian traffic while navigating the rainwater runoff areas was a challenge.

Design Solution

An elevated boardwalk for this trail allowed the natural flow of water runoff without interfering with pedestrian traffic.

The boardwalk was designed to match its urban surroundings.  

TREX® composite was used to create an urban boardwalk that looked natural in its environment while also using materials that could withstand the test of time and weather.


Midland &
Old Pond Park

Basalt, CO

Project Overview

Connecting two parks with over 500 linear feet of
boardwalk resting on adjustable, non-penetrating,
pan-foot legs with cable handrails




Design Challenge

After decades of mismanagement and intermittent  flooding and water challenges, it was time for a makeover for the two parks. Surrounding construction and misuse of the area prevented the Roaring Fork River from flowing on its natural path. The solution needed to address this issue. 

Additionally, to maximize visitation and enjoyment of the park, itwas essential to create a system of trails that enabled visitors toaccess improved areas.

Design Solution

This new and improved park helped to return the Roaring Fork River back to its native flow and original banks. Over 25,000 native species of plants and grass were also planted. The elevated trail helped to move people across affected areas, preserve the nature below, and connect all parts of the two parks.

To eliminate further damage the land and respect the rejuvenated beauty of the area, a non-penetrating, adjustable pan-foot boardwalk was the perfect solution.  This specific boardwalk incorporated artistic natural elements and path layouts.


Arcadia Dunes:
The C.S. Mott Nature

Traverse City, MI

Project Overview

Over 200 linear feet of six-foot wide boardwalk
leading to a large overlook of Lake Michigan.  The
decking was brown treated pine with cable railing.  
This trail rests on a combination of non-penetrating
pan-feet and pounded piles.




Design Challenge

Arcadia Dunes brought 15 miles of incredibly diverse trails to the residents of Michigan. The goal for this specific trail was to create an ADA-accessible trail that made its way up a steep wooded bluff. This trail wound through the trees and up the hill until it ended at a beautiful, yet unstable bluff overlooking Lake Michigan and multiple levels of perspectives.

Design Solution

While the setting for this boardwalk proved to be slightly  challenging, the highly adjustable combination of adjustable pan-foot and pile foundation was the perfect solution. It supported and enabled the trail to wind through the wooded area and up to the tree-lined bluff. Multiple turns and platforms were included to maintain ADA compliance and make it more visitor friendly.


Paul H. Douglas Center
for Environmental Education

Chesterton, IN

Project Overview

Over 400 linear feet of six-foot wide boardwalk
constructed with Aluminum decking and cable
handrails. Designed to rest on adjustable,
non-penetrating pan-feet.




Design Challenge

Built through the grassy dunes of the Indiana Dunes State Park, this elevated trail faced one unique challenge. It was located next to an electric, commuter train line. Every year, this line would throw sparks that would catch on the grassy dunes, where the fire would spread to the boardwalk and beyond.

It was essential to design a boardwalk that  could endure all the natural elements that it was set to face and  multiple levels of perspectives.

Design Solution

We designed a 100% non-combustible boardwalk with  non-penetrating pan foot legs, galvanized structural steel, aluminum decking, and a stainless-steel cable hand railing.

This design enabled and ensured people’s continued visitation to this portion of the park and multiple levels of perspectives.


Minnesota Valley
Wildlife Refuge

Minneapolis, MN

Project Overview

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




Design Challenge

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

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.


Carver Lake
Park & Beach

Woodbury, MN

Project Overview

Approximately 470 linear feet of six-foot wide
boardwalk that is four feet off shore. With a
forty-foot pier and 36 x 36 foot fishing platform in
twenty feet of water.




Design Challenge

This project began as a shoreline restoration project. It involved the removal of a deteriorating shoreline boardwalk. In its place, a new boardwalk was created that provided residents with a nature trail as well as a location for fishing from the trail without blocking the trail.  These efforts helped to clean up the park and make it more visitor friendly and more fishing friendly.

Design Solution

This new boardwalk rests in the water rather than on the shore. The boardwalk follows the contour of the shore and does not disrupt the natural water flow or the shoreline.

There is an addition of a 45-foot fishing pier that extends to water depths of 25 feet.