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Springs to open new bridge with a party

Springs School in East Hampton. (Aug. 10, 2012)

Springs School in East Hampton. (Aug. 10, 2012) (Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Springs will give itself a party Sunday to celebrate the opening of a new footbridge at Pussy’s Pond, a small local treasure popular with students at the nearby elementary school. The old bridge had to be removed because of weather damage and vandalism.

The entire fifth grade at the small Springs school came to East Hampton Town Hall in 2009 to ask that the bridge be replaced, and the town board later voted to allow black locust trees on town nature preserves near the school and at the Grace Estate in Northwest Harbor to be harvested and used to rebuild the bridge.

Because the bridge crosses a wetlands area, treated wood could not be used, and wood from black locust trees can resist weathering for years.

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Michael Marder, a nursery owner, and his staff cut the trees and hauled them to a local sawmill.

To celebrate, the community will gather at the bridge on School Street at noon on Sunday and a ceremony will be held dedicating the bridge to the children of Springs. Then the crowd will go to nearby Ashawagh Hall for food and beverages.

Tags: Springs , East Hampton , new , bridge , party

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