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Central Park Conservancy’s proposed reconstruction of Oak Bridge at Bank Rock Bay.

WHEREAS, The Central Park Conservancy, has sought and obtained Community Board Five's approval for the shoreline restoration of the Central Park Lake at 77th Street in June 2006; and

WHEREAS, The Conservancy agreed to seek Community Board approval for specific design elements over the course of the five-year, multi-phase project; and

WHEREAS, The Oak Bridge structure spans the lake at its northern most tip and is one of three key entries to the Rambles; and

WHEREAS, The original bridge was designed by Calvert Vaux in 1860 and integral component of the park's design; and

WHEREAS, Throughout its life, the superstructure of the Oak Bridge has deteriorated and been replaced three times; and

WHEREAS, The current bridge dates from the 1930's is a utilitarian, presumably temporary, replacement with wood plank floor and iron pipe railings that does not match the original design; and

WHEREAS, The proposed bridge design:

WHEREAS, The project will incorporate restoration techniques that have proven successful on other architectural elements of the park; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by the Central Park Conservancy for the reconstruction of the Oak Bridge

The above resolution passed with a vote of 37 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.

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