Design Guide for Barefoot Parks

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Sensation paths -- wood and stones


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Wood and stones form most solid surfaces in nature and can be arranged to provide a variety of sensations to the soles and to appeal to the eye as well.
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Walk over logs It is fun to walk across logs of 8-12 cm (3-5 inch) diameter which are installed without gaps. maik_ochsenk.jpg (139102 Byte) dudenh_ochsenk.jpg (108847 Byte)
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Natural logs with bark give a good sensation. Be aware to avoid gaps which could jam the toes! For a change, the logs can also be installed lengthwise.
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Wooden pavement Wood pavement can be created in a variety of design, is easy to maintain and looks good.

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Boards Let people walk over a section of a tree trunk with either a flat or a rough wooden surface! nienh_bohlen.jpg (77637 Byte)
Dead wood Walking on the inner side of a hollow tree is not an everyday experience. But if such a material is available, use it despite its limited durability! hohler_baum.jpg (116316 Byte)
Cobblestones An irregular cobblestone pavement is an appealing material for a sensory station. Placement in a cohesive sand bed avoids sealing the ground. dannenw_katzenkopf.jpg (133567 Byte)
  The stones can be laid at distance. Later on, this may cause some maintenance effort to keep the surrounding vegetation short. freisen_steine.jpg (163471 Byte) zell_steine.jpg (87080 Byte)
Regional native rock If possible, include materials characteristic of the landscape, e.g. basalt stacks or sandstone. If desired, this can be advanced into a geology trail. Evi_basalt.jpg (41740 Byte) keupersandstein.jpg (93657 Byte)

Exciting variety


Various wooden and stony materials can be placed in sequence without any problem of dispersing under the feet of the visitors.

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Stone pavement Pavement is found everywhere in the cities, but obviously most people do not like to go barefoot on it.   It is not the first choice to make a nature trail interesting to the visitors! dornst_platt.jpg (63161 Byte) cre_pflaster.jpg (79486 Byte)
  For foot sensation zones in urban areas, pavement in various colors can be a very decorative accessory. buseck_edelsplitt1.jpg (77651 Byte) fr_mosaik.jpg (60032 Byte)

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