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The Tridge, Midland

Categories: Bridges, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • Everybody was talking about the Tridge and we had to see it. The park is beautiful, very clean and well maintained and the Tridge is a really neat idea as the river split in 3 different direction. Wor...  read more »
  • While driving threw Midland today, my husband and I stopped to take a stroll and check out the scenery. I guess on certain days they even have a farmers market at the entrance to the Tridge. We visite...  read more »
  • Since we were in Midland it seemed necessary to check out this park as I had never heard of a Tridge. I really liked that they had an accessible dock for kayaks. Excellent idea! 
  • Really cool thing to see. We were on our way home from Mackinaw, and thought we would stop by for a photo. Well worth the round about way to get there. Very unique and definitely something you don't see everyday!! (unless you live in Midland)
  • Quite a bit of things to do at the Tridge, farmers markets, free concerts, events, a skatepark, a dog park, etc. Midlands hotspot. But I find this place most enjoyable when nothing is going on and it isnt busy, its safe and well kept. A nice relaxing place to read or walk.
  • To me, it's an aesthetically uninspired bridge that somehow gained fame because of the groundbreaking idea to connect not two but THREE pieces of land. *Claps hands slowly*
  • One of the great things that make this town unique. Nice park and place to walk or just hang out.
  • There's so much to do: trails are everywhere, there's fishing, dog park, skate park, and playground all on one side. Disc golf course and pavilions for events. Spray park, local concerts, farmers market etc
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