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The Tridge, Midland

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The Tridge is the formal name of a three-way wooden footbridge spanning the confluence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers near downtown Midland, Michigan, in the Tri-Cities region. Named as a portmanteau of "tri" and "bridge", the structure opened in 1981. It consists of one 31ft tall central pillar supporting three spokes. Each spoke is 180ft long by 8ft wide.HistoryThe bridge was constructed in 1981 at the instigation of the Midland Area Community Foundation . The bridge cost $732,000 to build, and took 6,400 hours of labor. Ten railroad car loads of prefabricated wood, and of concrete were used to construct three arches, which weigh apiece. Each appendage is 180by. Gerace Construction Company worked on the project. As a symbol, the bridge has been popularized and is the subject, for example, of lithographs.RecreationThe Tridge is a tourist attraction. It and its two surrounding parks— in Chippewassee and St. Charles parks—are one of most popular leisure areas downtown. The 3.5mi Chippewa Nature Trail begins at the bridge.The site also marks the starting point of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, a Michigan Rails to Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame trail. Although being mainly a footbridge, bicycles, skateboards, and in-line skates are also allowed on the bridge. It is the focal point for summer evening concerts. Fishing is generally not permitted from the bridge although it does occur frequently.
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  • Visited this park while in town. Kids liked the Tridge. Northern part of the park by the parking lot and restrooms was nice. However once you cross the tridge to the left that part of the park was que...  more »
  • Whether walking or biking across, the Tridge is a unique casual experience. Only thing I would mention is it is not a good experience when the north winds blow in December and January.  more »
  • I have visited this place with my Couple of Friends and Family . This Is very Nice Downtown Area in Midland , Free From Vehicle where you can walk through the Lake shore , There are couple of Activity...  more »
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  • The Tridge is a unique place, featuring a footbridge that spans two different rivers and has three sides. On one side there is the Farmer's Market and the start of the Rail Trail, and a nicely manicured area with bushes and flowers in the spring, summer, and fall. There are also a group of trees with a plaque to commemorate our relationship with our sister city in Japan. On another side is a larger park featuring lots of space to play, spread out a picnic, or just go for a walk. This side also features a skate park, a large piece of play equipment with a slide and climbing areas for children, and a dog park. This area is completely flooded during the melt season, which could be either march or april depending on the weather. The last side features sports areas for baseball, etc, and more areas to walk, and is called Whiting Park. The Tridge is quintessential Midland, and any stop in the area without a trip to it is a wasted opportunity.
  • The Tridge area​ in downtown Midland, Michigan, has much to offer for the entire family. From the Farmer's market to downtown shops/restaurants, rail trail, kayak launch, splash village, fenced in dog run, and so much more. If you enjoy people watching I'm not sure of a greater place. Look the lil red truck, I'm usually bike riding and or kayaking. Don't​ forget to say hello to me.
  • Its so unique! Quiet walking path on one side, play park, skate park and 2 dog park areas, on 2nd side, parking, farmers market (on Wednesdays and Saturdays), and the rail trail on 3rd side. Just up the hill is downtown with shops, restaurants, art gallery, and hotels. What more could you ask for!?
  • Fun and relaxing place to hang out with friends, do some yoga, read my book, meet new people; so many fun things to do all the while enjoying the beauty of nature
  • Although under construction, the farmer's market, rail trail, dog park, all offer wonderful activities in and around the tridge

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