Squibb Park & Bridge
The Squibb Park Bridge project is the result of a collaborative effort between HNTB Corporation, the NYC Parks Department, Brooklyn Bridge Park and numerous community groups to improve opportunities for recreation and pedestrian connectivity in Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Squibb Bridge provides a vital circulation link for pedestrians near the center of the park.The bridge’s proximity to the surrounding community and to public transportation offers park visitors a convenient and dramatic approach to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Renovations to Squibb Park improves the community's access to Squibb Park, Squibb Park Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park. New material and finishes in the Squibb Park replicates the existing furnishings to be consistent with the neighborhood's historic character. The original ramp has been re-graded in order to enable ADA access into the park for the first time. Newly installed lighting around the perimeter of the park allows the park to restore evening hours.
The bridge is constructed of Black Locust timber with bronze and galvanized steel connections that echo the material palette of the park. Black Locust timber is naturally rot resistant and an unusually strong, durable, and sustainable resource. The bridge consists of two under-slung suspension spans that open up views in all directions when crossing Furman Street. The bridge has 42-inch-high lighted railings that are consistent with railings for the adjacent Brooklyn Heights Promenade and on the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge is also ADA accessible.
If you walk across Squibb Park Bridge, you may notice a little bounce in your step. The bridge was designed with trail bridge technology and is meant to be lightweight and flexible like the trail bridges in our state and national parks. So whether you’re a first timer or returning visitor of the Squibb Park Bridge, expect an extra pep in your step and know that this is completely normal and part of the design.
Landscape design in this area of the park includes a variety of trees, shrubs and groundcover to diversify the Park’s beauty and create a natural habitat for the thousands of species that share this city with us. Included in the Squibb Bridge and Park landscape design are Switchgrass, Black-eyed Susans, Wild Bergamot, Red Sprite Winterberry and Yellow Buckeye.