Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge
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Drake Hill Road
Simsbury, CT 06070
|Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge
|The Old Drake Hill Bridge was built in 1892, spanning 183 feet over the Farmington River. In 1992 it was replaced by a new two-lane bridge. In 1995 the Old Drake Hill Bridge became Simsbury's "Flower Bridge" through the hard work of a coalition of community groups, town officials and local businesses. Modest gardens of annuals and perennials were planted at both entrances to the bridge, and wooden flower boxes, made by local high school students, were hung along the railings. Dedicated volunteers continue to plant and maintain the flower bridge, which has become a favorite destination to local residents as well as tourists visiting the area. Since its inception, the flower bridge has developed as a favorite spot for wedding photographs, small weddings, and community group dinners as well as scouting ceremonies and a spot to view crew boat races. Picnic tables and benches are onsite, however no other ammenities are currently available. The bridge is a public site, but reservations can be made by calling the Simsbury Culture, Parks and Recreation Department at 860-658-3836. Weddings are charged $50 and non-profit groups are charged $25, to help defray costs of this vounteer-run gem in Simsbury.
|Old Drake Hill Bridge Web Page
|Please see the link below for the flower bridge web page on the Town of Simsbury's website. There you will find information on making donations as well as how to sponsor a flower box on the bridge. Thank you for your interest in the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge!
|Weddings on the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge
|From time to time, there have been small weddings on the Flower Bridge. The donation fee is $50 to rent the bridge for a small wedding, not to exceed 25 people. It is understood that the bridge is a public place and other visitors may be on the bridge at the same time. There are no amenities provided. To reserve the bridge for a wedding, please call the Simsbury Culture, Parks & Recreation Department at 860-658-3836, and fill out the attached public gatherin permit.
There is no fee to have wedding photographs done on the bridge. However, it is suggested that time be reserved in advance to avoid double booking.