The boardwalk renovation project at Asbury Woods is nearly complete.

It will open to the public Dec. 11 at noon following a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.

Work to replace the aging boardwalk started in July as part of its Preserving a Legacy capital campaign.

It is now fully accessible to make sure people of all physical abilities can enjoy nature. The boardwalk's width has been expanded to 8 feet to accommodate wheelchairs and to better serve large groups.

Low wattage, deck-style lighting has also been added to help with evening programs.

An additional 300 feet of boardwalk has been added to connect to a wetland science teaching pavilion.

The boardwalk has allowed visitors to access field, forest, and wetland habitats to observe a variety of plant and wildlife species for nearly 50 years.

The original, 1/3 mile discovery trail through about five acres of the property was finished in August 1972. It was then replaced in 1992 after volunteers spent three summers rebuilding the decaying structure. It was then removed in July 2019.