"I am thrilled that the members of the Design Commission were able to see some of the holes in the rhetoric presented by Parks personnel regarding the "need" to use concrete for the understructure and part of the decking of the Reigelman Boardwalk, " said Tim Keating, Director of Rainforest Relief who has been advocating for the use of durable, structural recycled plastic lumber (RPL) on the Boardwalk since 1995.
"We have had numerous meetings with Parks Department Commissioners, engineers, designers, specifiers and others since then. Just as Parks is currently saying that domestic hardwoods "do not work for us", they insisted from 1995 to 2005 that RPL wasn't working for them. Then sold (literally) on tropical hardwoods as the only answer for the Boardwalk, they ignored our suggestions and those from engineers working for the companies producing structural RPLs for over a decade. In fact, they ignored us to such a great extent that, even when 'complying' with us when it came to ending the use of tropical hardwoods for the platforms of playground playsets, they still couldn't get it right and used a wood-plastic composite lumber, something we specifically suggested they *not* use. They are now having to replace *those* and are finally using true RPL."