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Sycamore Land Trust Close To Completing Beanblossom Bottoms Boardwalk Renovation

Sarah Menefee of Loren Wood Builders works on the new boardwalk at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve. (Tyler Lake, WFIU/WTIU News)

Volunteers are helping to replace and modernize a stretch of the raised boardwalk at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve in Ellettsville.

The hiking trail at the preserve has been closed since late March for the work to replace around a third of the boardwalk. 

A group of volunteers joined workers from Loren Wood Builders Thursday afternoon to help out with the project. 

Interim Director of Sycamore Land Trust John Lawrence says it's about more than making it last longer.

"To make it a little taller, a little more durable and also hopefully a better experience for visitors,” he says. 


A volunteer helping Loren Wood Builders work on the raised boardwalk at Beanblossom Bottoms. (Tyler Lake, WTIU/WFIU News)

The new boardwalk will have steel anchors and a plastic decking with non-slip treading and open holes for drainage.

Lawrence says Loren Wood Builders is giving the Sycamore Land Trust a generous discount on labor to complete the bulk of the work on the boardwalk. A $250,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust is paying for the renovations. 

Lawrence says they hope to have the boardwalk open for visitors by the end of the year.

This post has been updated.

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