Central Park’s Bow Bridge closes for renovations
The famous Bow Bridge in Central Park will close for two months for renovations. The Central Park Conservancy on Sunday announced in a social media post the iconic bridge will not be open to the public from November 27 through January 2024 for repairs that include replacing its wood decking. Parkgoers will still be able to access the Bethesda Terrace and Ramble area from the East and West Drives through West 77th, West 78th, East 74th, and East 78th Streets, as well as from Belvedere Castle going south, according to TimeOut.
Designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould in 1862, the famous cast iron bridge’s name comes from its distinct bow shape. A popular spot for photo-ops, the bridge was constructed by the Bronx-based iron foundry Janes, Kirtland & Co., the same company that built the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building.
No specific details of the renovation project have been revealed so far besides the replacement of its wood decking. The bridge was last renovated in 1974.
Closing of the bridge marks the second location within Central Park now temporarily closed to visitors. In early October, the Conservancy announced that the park’s Great Lawn would be closed through April 2024 due to damage sustained during the Global Citizen Festival and heavy rain on September 23.