Centre Street Bridge

Centre Street Bridge (HM2MDP)

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N 40° 48.839', W 74° 9.599'

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Nutley, New Jersey

The Centre Street BridgeConstructed circa 1896, the Centre Street Bridge spanned the Third River. When built, the bridge measured 40 feet in length and 65 feet in width and was distinct for its use of quarry-faced, ashlar brownstone. The Third River flowed through the bridge's elliptical brick barrel vault which was accented by a ring of brownstone voussoirs on both elevations. For over 100 years, the bridge served to visually and physically connect Yanticaw Park to the north to Booth Park to the south.In 1929, the south elevation of the bridge was widened to accommodate the addition of a concrete sidewalk. As a result, reinforced concrete wingwalls and a parapet wall were added to the south elevation. The bridge was altered again in the 1960s before it was demolished in 2018 and replaced with a new structure.Bridging the ParksThe Essex County Park Commission, the Nation's first county parks department, was created in the early twentieth century in response to the growing population in and around Essex County. The organization was borne out of the park movement started in the late nineteenth century by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., and continued by his sons Frederick, Jr. and John Charles Olmsted. Park design of this era was concerned not only with the benefits of recreation, but also



with improving the quality of life through the incorporation of designed landscapes into urban and suburban environments.All 20 Olmsted-designed parks in Essex County were created to promote naturalistic landscapes, as well as the democratic use of open space. These ideals were embodied by the design and construction of Yanticaw Park, commissioned by the Essex County Park Commission and designed by Frederick, Jr. and John Charles Olmsted between 1912 and 1916. Some years later, the Essex County Park Commission designed and built Booth Park to be an extension of Yanticaw Park, connected by the Centre Street Bridge.
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Placed ByEssex County
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Date Added Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 570845 N 4518447
Decimal Degrees40.81398333, -74.15998333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 48.839', W 74° 9.599'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 48' 50.34" N, 74° 9' 35.94" W
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