Designer: Calvert Vaux 1824-1895
Spanning the narrow inlet of the Lake at its far northern boundary where it leads into a small bay calledBank Rock Bay is the appropriately named Bank Rock Bridge. Unappealing in its appearance and hardly worth mentioning it is in fact an important link at this part of Central Park to the Ramble itself since there is no other way to enter the wooded area at this location.
The name derives from the steep banks that rise up from the Lake on the eastern side of the Bay.
Covered with green algae in the summer the Bay is a favorite spot for bird watchers who find interesting species to study from this perch above the marshy waters.
Looks can be deceiving however since this poor representation of the original bridge called Oak Bridge when it was constructed in 1860 had a more elegant design made as it was of white oak and cast iron. With the floorboards made of yellow pine the bridge was beautiful, but unable to withstand the weathering abuse and was replaced with its present structure.
One might suppose such a degree of indifference to the task judging by the result, which has remained as is since the early part of the century.
Resting on the original abutments it is now railed with spiked steel pipe with a plain wooden floor.
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