Monday, March 12, 2012
Bridge of the Week #80: Meadow Lake Bridge #1
This week's bridge is one of two in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens that cross the Flushing River in the area of Meadow Lake. This one is on the north side of the lake, where the water flows out towards Flushing Bay. I was originally not planning to include these bridges, as I generally am not interested in footbridges over park ponds, but decided to include these because they are accessible to motor vehicles (although I believe somewhat restricted), and the Flushing River is a genuine natural waterway, although it is routed underground through much of the park.
This bridge itself is a simple concrete and steel bridge. It's not very long, as you can see from the picture above. It has a wide sidewalk that is separated from the vehicular traffic by a concrete barrier. There are picnic areas and nice park facilities in the area, the Amphitheater, built for the 1964 World's Fair, is just to the west. It's a nice place to run, and can be included in a loop around Meadow Lake.