A new walking bridge in downtown Cambridge will give you another way to experience the river and the Galt neighbourhood this summer.
The long-awaited bridge, which steps out over the Grand looking east to Founder’s Point and west to the Cambridge Sculpture Garden, officially opens to pedestrian and bicycle traffic Saturday afternoon.
Mayor Doug Craig says the bridge will serve as a scenic active transportation alternative, connecting the Gaslight District development with the future Cambridge LRT stop.
“It all works in terms of a bridge to somewhere — it’s actually a bridge to everywhere,” Craig says, “and we’re quite proud of it.”
The ribbon cutting gets underway at 2 p.m., at the Sculpture Garden on Grand Avenue. It will include the unveiling of a new sculpture, and a commemorative canoe by the Ancient Mariners, who will pass under the bridge for the first time.
You’ll also get the chance to be one of the first to walk across the landmark, and take a picture in the photo booth on the other side.
Built in 1912 the "Holey Bridge" spanned the Grand River for more than 60 years. By 1984, all that remained were the concrete piers. On May 26 a new bridge built in its place will open. Don't miss the grand opening at 2pm: https://t.co/nt09ZSIi4A #cbridge #pedestrianbridge pic.twitter.com/xOou5ypkc0
— City of Cambridge (@cityofcambridge) May 25, 2018
Craig says, with a final price tag of $1.4 million, its simple design represents an industrial time period in the Galt core.
“But yet it’s very modern in terms of the oculus in the middle of the bridge where people can look out,” says Craig. “It really reflects both the past and the present, and it really is a bridge into the future in terms of all the things that are happening in the Galt area.”