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  Florida State Parks Address Railing Treatment Issue


Wire Mesh Railing Treatment Increases Visibility at Fanning Springs State Park


This is a photo of the wire mesh railing installed on the boardwalk at Fanning Springs State Park.
Wire mesh railing installed on boardwalk at Fanning Springs State Park.
Designers planning boardwalks and viewing platforms are often challenged with creating accessible spaces and balancing the need for safety. Planners for the Florida State Parks decided to meet the challenge head on in Fanning Springs State Park. Planners used a wire mesh railing treatment to increase visibility while maintaining safety for park visitors.

Fanning Springs State Park is located on Florida's west coast on the famous Suwannee River, halfway between Tallahassee and Tampa. The park offers nature trails, swimming, boating and other various outdoor activities. Fanning Spring is one of Florida's 27 first magnitude springs. The wire mesh railing is installed on an 8 ' x 11' boardwalk that extends from a swimming area to a gazebo overlooking the river.

This is a photo of the wire mesh on the gazebo which overlooks the river.
Wire mesh on a gazebo overlooking river.
The 2" x 2" wire mesh consists of 10-gauge wire with a black polyvinyl chloride coating manufactured by Riverdale Mills Corporation. The mesh infill was chosen because it is economical, easy to obtain, and weatherproof. Due to the thin nature of the wire, points of interest are easily visible through the railing. For a person who uses a wheelchair, the height of a safety railing can impede their line of sight. However, utilizing the see-through mesh can satisfy both building/safety codes and accessibility guidelines.

Kenyon Tilbury, architect on the project for the Florida State Parks, shares the project drawings here on the NCA website as a resource for other professionals working on similar projects.

(Clicking on the links will open a new window. After viewing plans, close the window out by clicking the X in the upper right corner of your screen to return to this page.)


Special thanks to Brian Polk, Florida State Parks, for submitting this best practice for inclusion in NCA's "Making the Grade."


Contacts:

    Kenyon Tilbury, Architect
    State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    Division of Recreation and Parks
    Bureau of Design and Recreation Services
    3540 Thomasville Road
    Tallahassee Florida 32309
    Phone: (850) 488-5372
    E-mail: ken.tilbury@dep.state.fl.us

    John Reynolds, Product Manager
    Riverdale Mills Corporation
    130 Riverdale St
    PO Box 200
    Northbridge, MA 01534
    Phone: (508) 234-7803
    E-mail: johndreynolds@riverdale.com
    www.riverdale.com

    National Center on Accessibility
    Indiana University
    2805 East 10th St, Suite 190
    Bloomington, IN 47408-2698
    (812) 856-4422 (voice)
    (812) 856-4421 (tty)
    E-mail: nca@indiana.edu
    www.ncaonline.org

 

 

 
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