Iconic bridge restored to former glory

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The iconic Wardown Park Suspension bridge will be officially re-opened to the public on Thursday 30 July following an extensive repair and renovation

The Council has spent four months on the project which has fully restored the bridge to its original glory with much of the structural steel work mended and the suspension cables replaced.

The bridge has been a central feature of the park since the early 1900’s and was completed by 1908. It is reported to be shortest single span suspension bridge in the country.

This will be the first official opening of Wardown Park suspension bridge. The house and gardens were officially opened in 1906.

The 2015 opening will be performed by the Mayor of Luton Cllr Dave Taylor. “The bridge is an iconic feature of the park landscape and it plays an important if sometimes unrecognised role linking the communities from either side of the park,” he said.

“It also provides an attractive and accessible route through the park for many Lutonians on their way to the town centre, work and school. The re-opening of the bridge will ensure that this significant achievement is properly recorded in history while acknowledging the important part the bridge plays in the history of Wardown Park. The Parks Service, Luton Borough Council engineers and the contractors have done a wonderful job in repairing it in keeping with the original design.”

The event will begin at 2pm with the Mayor opening the bridge at approximately 2.15pm.