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Opening of rebuilt Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk

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Offline RichardM

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Re: Opening of rebuilt Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 11:12:20 AM »
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OPENING OF REBUILT RIO GRANDE VILLAGE NATURE TRAIL BOARDWALK AT BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK

Members of the park's Maintenance and Resource Management crews recently completed a large endeavor to rebuild the boardwalk across the beaver pond on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail. To recognize and celebrate the efforts of the many employees who worked on the boardwalk a ribbon cutting is scheduled for November 30 at 10:30 AM.  The ceremony will occur on the boardwalk platforms of the nature trail located in the Rio Grande Village campground.  A short ceremony, refreshments, and photo opportunities of the boardwalk will be offered.  The visiting public and local community is invited and encouraged to attend.

The former boardwalk was lost during the flood waters of fall 2008.  After the flood many roads, facilities, trails, and other park resources needed immediate restoration, cleaning, and repair.  The boardwalk was a large and long-term project that has now been completed and improved from the former boardwalk.  The new boardwalk includes three floating docks, anchors which will allow it to rise with future flood waters, and benches for wildlife and bird viewing.  Also, the new boardwalk restores access to the nature trail beyond the pond.  The boardwalk is made from sustainable materials that should provide for a long life cycle.

 "We are very pleased to be able to provide the new boardwalk and benches for visitors to enjoy and to provide the best access to the nature trail and riparian habitats of the beaver pond," said Big Bend National Park Superintendent William Wellman.  "We invite you to stop by to help us celebrate the opening of the new boardwalk."
So, is the boardwalk open for use before November 30? Anybody been down there recently?

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Opening of rebuilt Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2010, 11:45:55 AM »
I did not walk the entire trail but the boardwalk over the pond is finished and very nice.

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Re: Opening of rebuilt Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2010, 12:58:26 PM »
Yes. It was open when I was there on Oct. 17th. It's really nice!

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Re: Opening of rebuilt Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2010, 07:47:04 AM »
From Sunday 10-24-10

Fort Worth

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Re: Opening of rebuilt Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2010, 10:31:30 AM »
We were there Oct. 3-5 and the last span was completed, but sitting on the last platform waiting to be put in place. Funny, looked like they had erected an EZ up on the first platform, but the fabric was off it. It was sitting off center and kinda blocked the walkway past the first platform to the second. Figure it was there for Ranger talks, but seemed like it wasn't placed very well. It was nailed/screwed into the platform.

Robert
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Offline MilesOfTexas

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Re: Opening of rebuilt Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2010, 10:52:09 AM »
Yey!  :eusa_clap:
"I have an excellent profession, but I don't enjoy it near as much as I do when I am in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by marvelous creations, and efforting to capture what I see and feel so I may share it with others."

-Me 09/12/2011

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Offline DC6080

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Re: Opening of rebuilt Rio Grande Village Nature Trail Boardwalk
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2010, 06:19:13 PM »
FINALLY! That should have been more of a priority.

 


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