BL Companies provided landscape architecture, civil engineering and structural engineering services for improvements to the Hoppers / Birge Pond Nature Preserve. The Hoppers / Birge Pond Nature Preserve is located very close to downtown Bristol. Featuring dramatic glacially influenced geologic formations and rich in archeological and historical resources, the preserve is a unique area and is undiscovered by many residents.
Improvements included enlarged parking areas on either side of the existing dam and accessible pedestrian paths between the lots. Amenities included an ADA accessible fishing platform, timber guiderail, lighting, benches and picnic tables, and native plantings along the water’s edge. These improvements have increased community awareness of the preserve and the adjacent trail systems throughout the preserve.
Future improvements will include trail enhancements, ecological restoration, interpretive and regulatory signs, and updated trail maps and brochures.