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Boardwalks provide access to rough or wet terrain for visitors of all abilities. If care is taken at transitions from other surfaces and beginning points, boardwalks will provide a high level of accessibility for people using wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, and other assistive devices. Boardwalks are often used for interpretive facilities in habitat areas such as swamps. Wood was generally used for construction in past years, but plastic materials are more often used today. Recycled plastic lumber, while needing more support, is vastly more durable, especially in wet conditions and where winter icing occurs. Concrete is also used in commercial applications (see Precast concrete boardwalk system for elevated trails). (Commentary by Stuart Macdonald.)

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