The City of Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation worked closely with the Canaan Valley Institute to reshape the banks of two creeks running through Purcell Park. The goal was to establish a more natural, flood-resistant shape for the waterways. Blue Ridge Architects developed a bridge prototype whose length and width could be modified to accommodate specific crossing conditions. Fabricated of oxidized steel, the bridges are maintenance-free, high enough to span a 50 year flood and handicapped accessible.