If you own a senior apartment complex or assisted living facility on a beautiful lot where residents enjoy spending time outside, then you should consider installing walking trails. A trail provides a safe surface for walking and for wheelchair access, and you'll provide an opportunity for your residents to exercise and get out and enjoy nature. Here's a look at what's involved in putting walking trails on your property.
Clear The Land
You can put a walking trail around the perimeter of your property by sacrificing part of the lawn, or you can wind a trail through a wooded part of your property. Wherever you decide to place the trail, you'll need to clear the land down to the soil. This might require significant work if the trail goes through a wooded setting. In addition to clearing the width of the path, a wide border on each side should be cleared too so tree roots won't grow under the trail and break up the asphalt.
Choose The Trail Material
A walking trail should have a smooth surface for safe walking. Dirt, mulch, and gravel are not very good options since someone could get hurt. Plus, those options make it difficult for those in wheelchairs to use the trail. You can choose between concrete and asphalt, but asphalt could be the best choice. Asphalt is attractive and easy to maintain. Plus, it doesn't have joints like concrete does that can heave and create tripping hazards. Asphalt has a smooth surface that is easy to walk and run on, and it is easy to push someone in a wheelchair along a trail made of asphalt.
Ensure Proper Drainage And Install The Trail
A paving contractor will plan out the installation of the trail, which includes improving drainage, compacting the soil, creating the base, and pouring the hot asphalt. A walking trail is installed just like a driveway, except the asphalt doesn't have to be as thick if the trail only has foot traffic on it. While in the planning stages for the trail, decide if the trail will be used for walking only or if bikes will be allowed as well. Also, think about whether golf carts will be allowed because the paving contractor has to take into consideration how the trail will be used when building it.
Once the asphalt has dried, the contractor can apply markings if you want them. You might want a line that marks lanes for people and bikes or mileage indicators so people can track how far they walk. Once the trail is finished and in use, you'll want to maintain it properly so it has a long life. Talk to the contractor about a maintenance schedule that includes filling cracks and holes so the trail won't deteriorate due to neglect.
For more information, contact a local paving company like Phend & Brown.