Flower Bridge Closure Notice
The Town of Simsbury, in conjunction with the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge Committee, will be closing the Flower Bridge for the 2019 season on Monday, June 3. The property abutting the west side of the Flower Bridge will be undergoing an exciting transformation this summer with construction of a new park. The work will include demolition of existing structures at the site and the addition of a visitor’s pavilion, walking paths, river access for launching canoes and kayaks, a water fountain and the planting of a number of gardens and trees. Popular annual events held at the Flower Bridge such as the Tootin’ Hills Duck Race (May 24) and Burgers on the Bridge (May 29) will still be held this spring. For safety considerations, the Old Drake Flower Bridge and surrounding area must be closed to visitors throughout the construction phase of this project. Old Bridge Road (cul-du-sac) will be closed and additionally there will be no access to the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge from Riverside Road (east side). We appreciate your patience and understanding during the construction phase of this project and we are very excited for you to see the new park and the Flower Bridge back in full bloom in 2020, Simsbury’s 350th anniversary!
For more information on this project we invite you to click HERE:
Notice - Currently all flower boxes and baskets have been subscribed. Thank you for your support. If you would like to support the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge, you may click here, and complete the form and will be placed on a waiting list for the next season.
The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge in Simsbury, Connecticut is an example of 19th century metal-truss bridge construction. Originally designed and built in 1892, it spans 183 feet and carries a 12-foot roadway suspended 18 feet over the beautiful Farmington River. It was originally designed as a one lane, one way bridge used for vehicular traffic. It was replaced by a modern 2-lane bridge a few hundred feet to the North in 1992. In 1995, it was restored as a unique bridge. The restoration was possible through 80% of Federal funds at a full cost of $400,000 dollars.
In 1996, inspired by the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, MA, groups began to develop community gardens on & around the historic Old Drake Hill Bridge. The 62 flower boxes on the bridge are replaced by Simsbury High School students.
The bridge was retained as a pedestrian & bicycle way and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The cost of restoration was approximately $575,000, 80% paid by a Federal Transportation Grant. The Bridge is used by hikers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Since it has opened, photographers, artists and area school groups flock to the bridge to make permanent record of its beauty.
The picturesque 62 flower boxes, 32 hanging baskets and Cottage Gardens are planted and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers.
The Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge is a Not-for Profit, Tax Exempt Organization, Section 501(c)(3) IRS Code.
The Bridge makes a beautiful backdrop for special occasion photos-weddings, proms or parties. There is no charge for a photo session, but we ask that people make a tax exempt donation to the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge fund. There is a donation box at the Bridge; cash or check may be placed in the box. Every donation is greatly appreciated.
To reserve The Bridge for a wedding or another special event, please contact the Simsbury Culture, Parks and Recreation department at (860) 658-3836.
Subscriptions for flower boxes or hanging baskets are currently unavailable. If desired, please complete and submit the Subscription Form to be placed on the waiting list. PLEASE DO NOT SEND a check. You will be contacted when a box or basket becomes available. Click here for Subscription Form. PLEASE NOTE: There is a current wait list for subscriptions.
Directions to the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge
The Bridge is located at 1 Old Bridge Road, Simsbury, CT 06070
From Route 10/202 North, take a right at the White Congregational Church onto Drake Hill Road and another right onto Old Bridge Road. The Bridge is at the end.
Expansion is possible only with your support. Checks may be made payable to:
Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge
P.O. Box 314
West Simsbury, Ct. 06092
Simsbury Culture, Parks and Recreation