Parapet Bridge at Mill Creek Park reaches the century mark


Aired February 14, 2013 on WYSU

One of the most photographed structures in Mill Creek Park celebrates its centennial year. Chris Davidson brings us the story.



The Parapet Bridge at Mill Creek Park turns 100 this year. The bridge was designed by Volney Rogers, the park’s founder, and his brother, Bruce Rogers, the park superintendent at the time. (Chris Davidson/

Nestled in Spring Brook Ravine on the east side of Lake Glacier you’ll come across the Parapet bridge … it goes by many names, the Dragon Bridge, the Indian Bridge, or the prehistoric bridge.

Mill Creek MetroParks naturalist Ray Novotny says the bridge links us to the past.

It goes back to the early days of the park when Volney and his brother were designing things, building things, which are still very important to us today.

The Volney he refers to is Volney Rogers, the park’s founder. Volney and his brother, park superintendent, Bruce Rogers settled on a design resembling a castle parapet.

It’s that upper part of stone, which if you look at a castle, that’s where the archers stand behind to fend of the invading hoards to save their king.

Architect Ray Jaminet says building the bridge 100 years ago took some doing.

A lot of those stones are four or five feet long and couple feet square or larger, and getting those in place took some real muscle.

The stone used to construct the bridge originates within the park.

Like down along Bears Den … they cut through there … you can see where they actually quarried the stone from that area. 

The Parapet Bridge has been popular with photographers, especially during the autumn when colors abound. (Dean Sweetwood/

Novoty understands why the bridge is so popular with photographers.

Human-made creation, but made from nature and sitting above nature there on the water of Lake Glacier. And it’s surrounded by trees so any time of the year it’s picturesque, but especially in the autumn when there’s all the color.

Novonty urges park goers to visit the bridge. 

 If you walk underneath you get kind of a nice echo. We have trail walk underneath it and see it from there   I encourage people to do that on their own or with us.


As Ray Novoty just said underneath the bridge it really does have a marvelous sound, there’s a terrific echo here … Hello …  

For, I’m Chris Davidson.