Stability Engineering has had the pleasure to work with Freedman Engineering, Kaizen Collaborative, and the PATH Foundation to design several infrastructure improvements to the Fort Yargo State Park in Winder GA. This historic park features a log fort built in 1792, and is the site of the country’s first recreational area designed for people with disabilities.
Our first project in 2018 involved designing a new timber framed boardwalk structure with concrete abutments on the southwest portion of the lake to replace an old, dilapidated boardwalk at the end of its useful life.
A second timber boardwalk was completed in 2022 connecting the Fort Yargo Visitors Center to the historic section of the park, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenic boardwalk rather than taking a roadway bridge and side-path.
Finally, for a new paved trail which links the Visitors Center to downtown Winder, we provided engineering design and detailing for a custom single-barrel box culvert to allow for passage of the multi-use trail below the park road to limit interaction between trail users and vehicles.
The trail also crosses a tributary of the lake requiring a cast-in-place structural slab bridge and a 55ft span pre-fabricated steel bridge. Stability Engineering provided the design for concrete abutment walls and deep foundation support for the bridge along with custom steel handrail design and detailing.