The highly-anticipated Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge connecting Brooklyn Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park has finally opened, and locals could not be more pleased. The rather unusual “zig-zaggy” and “bouncy” $5 million bridge was designed by Ted Zoli and constructed by HNTB, who worked throughout March putting the finishing touches on it. With the structure now open, pedestrians are able to stroll over to Brooklyn Bridge Park from Brooklyn Heights without having to come in contact with cars and traffic.
According to the Zoli, about 100,000 pounds of black locust timber were used in the bridge’s construction. “It’s a species that was originally used for ships’ masts hundreds of years ago,” he told The New York Times. “It’s a naturally rot-resistant hardwood and unusually strong.”
The bridge is eight-feet wide and around 50-feet off the ground. Built using locust planks, galvanized steel cables and three piers that resemble trees, there is a slight bounce to the bridge that may surprise visitors. Signs around the bridge have declared, in fact, that the bouncing is both normal and safe.
Previously, the park featured only one entrance. “The idea that we can add another entrance to the park is a great thing,” said Regina Myer president of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, the nonprofit group that oversees development and operations, to the New York Times. “And this is a fun way to get there, which is what an amenity is all about.”