Wire Mesh Railing Treatment Increases Visibility
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.
|Wire mesh railing installed on boardwalk at Fanning
Springs State Park.
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 ½'
x 11' boardwalk that extends from a swimming area to a gazebo overlooking
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.
|Wire mesh on a gazebo overlooking river.
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."
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
John Reynolds, Product Manager
Riverdale Mills Corporation
130 Riverdale St
PO Box 200
Northbridge, MA 01534
Phone: (508) 234-7803
National Center on Accessibility
2805 East 10th St, Suite 190
Bloomington, IN 47408-2698
(812) 856-4422 (voice)
(812) 856-4421 (tty)