Some of the most photographed features in Centennial Park are its footbridges. Well, maybe they aren't the central subject in most photos, but you're about to see why they feature so regularly!
There are three footbridges of particular note.
Lily Pond footbridge
Built circa 1890s, this white timber pedestrian bridge over Lily Pond was built by the NSW Public Works Department. It has become one of the iconic images of the Park and is a popular backdrop for many wedding photos.
Frog Hollow footbridges
Built in the mid-1890s, there are two stone bridges in the Frog Hollow area – one with a timber pergola and one without.
Frog Hollow is a triangle formed by Grand Drive, Dickens Drive and Parkes Drive in Centennial Park and was originally the site of an open drain.
Frog Hollow’s formal garden area was established around the turn of the 20th century and the footbridges were constructed in the 1890s by the NSW Public Works Department. The floors of each footbridge are made of arched concrete, and they are braced centrally.
The Musgrave Footbridge may not be as immediately as attractive as the other footbridges but is no less important.
A timber bridge in this area was built in 1915, but demolished some time later (exact date not recorded). The bridge we know today was re-built after falling into disrepair in 1994.
Then, in 2012, members of the Eastern Suburbs Dog Training Club (who have conducted their weekly Sunday training dog sessions nearby since 1962!) donated nearly $15,000 towards the refurbishment of the footbridge as part of general safety upgrades in 2012. New ballustrades and decking were installed and a small celebratory event was held in June 2012 at the bridge re-opening:
Our favourite footbridge moment!
While it's great to see and learn more about our footbridges, it's only when you see how such seemingly small features can loom large in the memories of park visitors.
The wonderful Costa Georgiadis recently shared his personal memories of Frog Hollow footbridge.