Though I had heard rumblings about it and had gone searching the month prior, stumbling upon the nearly completed suspension bridge in the Bellevue Botanical Garden last Friday during our Group Walk was a delightful surprise for all of us.
Spanning 150 feet across a ravine in the Botanical Garden’s most unspoiled natural space, the new suspension bridge is slated to open this Sunday, on Mother’s Day.
Seems an appropriate day to officially open the bridge as it allows a view of the topography and understory without disturbing the forest floor—a gift to Mother Nature. If you’re lucky, I understand, you can spot a deer or two passing through the ravine.
As we rounded a curve in the trail we could see the bridge in the distance. We were thrilled to discover a new way to experience one of our favorite parks and eager to see it up close. After posing for a picture, we scurried to find the entrance.
A construction fence blocked the final 50 feet to the bridge and we couldn’t get to it. But the bridge looked beautiful, really well designed, and out of reach. I was disappointed, and wanting to see it in the worst way I noticed. . .
A couple of men were completing the finishing work. I squeezed through the gate, made my way over to them and mustering my friendliest smile asked if I could walk the bridge.
They could not have been friendlier, and encouraged us to have a look…Nancy and I eagerly complied. (I’m so glad I found the courage to ask.)
A good suspension bridge sways slightly when you walk on it and makes my heart flutter a little. Bellevue’s bridge is no exception.
One of WOIB’s regular Friday walkers, Nancy, eagerly experienced the new bridge with me. See how happy she looks! (It’s contagious that way.)
I made myself look down. The creek was flowing and the flora pristine. I didn’t see any deer this trip, but I’ll be back. Probably this Sunday, May 13th.
The stone work at the base of the towers partner beautifully with the predominantly steel design. As part of the Ravine Garden Project, there will be another smaller pedestrian bridge that will span the ravine 200 feet away and complete The Ravine Trail Loop, which can be entered and exited from the Lost Meadow Trail in the SE corner of the Bellevue Botanical Park. There will be a celebratory ribbon cutting on Mother’s Day, May 13th, 2012 at 12:30 PM.
To be sure, we’ll walk this way again on an upcoming Friday morning Group Walk. I think May 25th would be a good day to explore Bellevue’s beautiful new bridge. I hope you will join us, and in the meantime . . .
Walk on my friends.