Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Bridge of the Week #81: Meadow Lake Bridge #2
This week's bridge is the second near Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, that spans the mighty Flushing River. This one is at the southern end of the lake, near Jewel Ave. It's a basic steel and concrete bridge like the other. It does have a sidewalk, but the roadway is so seldom used by motor vehicles (to which access may be restricted I think) that there's usually no problem just running in the roadway.
This bridge you would run across if running a loop around the lake, roughly 2 miles, or could be used if running into Flushing Meadows from the Kew Gardens area to the south and west. Many ultras have been staged near and around Meadow Lake, including the Sri Chinmoy 6- and 10-day races every April.
Meadow Lake, and Willow Lake across Jewel Ave. to the south, are both man-made lakes created for parkland in accordance with the 1939 World's Fair. Meadow Lake is actually the largest lake in New York City, at 93 acres. There are drainage issues, however, and the surrounding land does frequently flood, especially on the western edge.