It looks like Brooklyn’s favorite bouncy bridge has just been bounced out of commission. Although the zigzagging Squibb Park Bridge was intentionally designed to spring up and down under pedestrian weight, the timber structure was closed after park staff reported “unusual movement”. Engineers are currently in the process of studying the mysterious reason behind the pronounced bounce of the 450-foot-long footbridge.
The 50-foot high zigzag bridge opened early last year to the delight of local residents. The unique form of the structure, along with its by-design bouncy nature was an instant hit, but over time, the bounce has become more and more pronounced, worrying park officials and residents.
Initially, it was suggested that the construction of the adjacent Pierhouse, a mixed-use complex, had begun to affect the bridge’s stability, but at this time, it’s unclear if the project is to blame.
The bridge will remain indefinitely closed until structural engineers can study any potentially dangerous movements. Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, explained the importance of being cautious with the investigation. “At this point, because of the movement we notice, it would be overly optimistic to say we could solve this in two to three weeks. We need to fully understand the bridge and we want the public to know that we are really erring on the side of caution.”