The Attractions Of Central Park

Rustic Bridge At Naturalists' Walk: W77-81

Bordering a meadow to the east is a rocky inlet and a rustic bridge which passes over the last trickling remnants of the Lake.
At one time this western estuary of the Lake emptied into a small pond and was often used in the winter by women to practice their skating skills before venturing onto the highly trafficked Lake with its boldly aggressive skaters. Hence it was called Ladies' Pond.
To the north at the far end of the meadow is an outcropping of bedrock which rises up to overlook the network of paths that extend from the 79th Street entrance which is directly opposite the gateway to the Museum of Natural History to Hunters' gate at 81st Street.

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