E&LP designed the trail improvements on behalf of the Mercer County Park Commission. The proposed Extension of an approximate 2.5 mile section of trail named the “Maidenhead Trail” runs though the larger 270 acre Mercer Meadows Park area. The trail traverses environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands, and bodies of water while promoting outdoor recreational activities for families and residents in the area.
The trail ends at the trailhead shown above. The trailhead addresses the needs of several user groups including, pedestrians, bikers, and vehicles. Ample parking is provided via a gravel parking area with natural timber rail. The same natural timber aesthetic is repeated in the design of a trellis above a seating area and nearby pedestrian bridge marking the beginning of the trail. Signage, seating, tables, trash, and recycle amenities are all provided for as well.
As part of the design, E&LP determined NJDEP Phase II, Flood Hazard Area, and Wetlands compliance requirements and designed the trail in such a way that the existing “green infrastructure” of the surrounding landscape and vegetation could be used in lieu of new costly structural improvements.
Key Project Information
Client: Mercer County Park Commission
Location: Hopewell & Lawrence Township, NJ
Project Team: ETM Associates
Culvert Crossing Design
Flood Hazard Area Permitting
Shade Structure Design