The smallest pedestrian bridge in Central Park

Central Park is a wonderland of beautiful bridges. At least 36 bridges and arches wind through the park, allowing pedestrians to discover all the landscapes Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux put into their 1850s Greensward plan.

On a recent visit, I think I may have come across the smallest bridge in the park. This lilliputian rustic wood span is part of a footpath through the Ramble, the wooded area surrounding the Lake.

If it has a name, I couldn’t find it. But it crosses Azalea Pond, according to the Central Park Conservatory. Though it’s “newly constructed,” it appears to be an homage to Central Park’s co-designers, who succeeded in recreating the serenity of nature in the industrial, bustling city.

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5 Responses to “The smallest pedestrian bridge in Central Park”

  1. Mykola (Mick) Dementiuk Says:

    There used to be a bridge like that in the 70’s, paused over it a few times to look at the creek below but the Ramble wasn’t a place to pause unless your pausing for something manly.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I know the Ramble’s reputation…I wonder if it’s still a magnet for men seeking company after dark?

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  4. Tom B Says:

    We ventured into the Ramble several years ago during the day and crossed that bridge. The creek barely had any water in it during the summer. It was hard to believe that a bustling City was only a short distance away.

  5. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    That’s what I love about the Ramble—peace and solitude.

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