With the installation of the new foot bridge over Arlington Lake this week, numerous comparisons of this structure with the one that had stood in place for the previous 45 years are bound to surface. But, will it be love at first sight?
Year after year visitors have returned to our gardens to stroll across the old, grey structure to visit the site of a loved-one laid to rest, or perhaps simply to reflect and be near the calming effect of water. During that time, the bridge had also become a favorite backdrop for thousands of photos marking birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and of course proms. From the constant stream of comments we’ve received after we demolished the old bridge to make way for the new version, you might even say that it was beloved.
That raises the question: Will the new bridge be loved at first sight? There are some obvious differences and we all know that different means change. And, let be honest: while most of us say we embrace change, we really struggle with it. There certainly are some noticeable differences. First of all, the bridge is stained red, strikingly different than the familiar grey. It’s also not nearly as arched. But the charming arch characteristic of the old bridge does not comply with the American With Disabilities Act in accommodating those with handicaps. Finally, the undercarriage is also a little bulkier and therefore the new bridge sits slightly lower and closer to the water.
While we still have some concrete and stone work to complete before we open the bridge to the public, it is certainly visible when driving through the gardens. We think it looks great but we’ll allow you to speak your mind. Take a peak and let us know if it’s love at first sight!