The High Bridge has passed one of the last hurdles on the way towards it’s 2013 reopening, with it’s design gaining approval from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. When it opens, the High Bridge will create a much needed pedestrian link between Northern Manhattan and the Bronx, opening the way for an increased flow of guests to both Highbridge park, and the Highbridge Recreation Center and Pool.
The Landmarked bridge is the oldest surviving bridge in New York City. It was constructed in 1848 as an aqueduct, for the next 50 years was the sole source of fresh water to the city. The inflow of water was brought to a reservoir that previously stood on the site of what is now the Highbridge Park Pool. The bridge was closed to the public soon after it gained it’s landmark status in 1970, due to disrepair and criminal incidents.
Plans for the new project, due for completion in 2013, include a physical restoration and the installation of access ramps, viewing platforms, and lighting.