It was originally built to allow pedestrians to stroll to the south gate house of the Reservoir while avoiding the horses on the bridle path below. Today, Bridge No. 24 is commonly used by runners warming up before they enter the Reservoir’s running path and by visitors admiring the skyline view.
Another distinguishing feature of Bridge No. 24 can be spotted on its granite paving stones, in an area known as Gilder Run. Named for Richard Gilder, Founding Trustee of the Central Park Conservancy, Gilder Run includes inscribed names, tributes, and memories for Park visitors to read for years to come.
While most of the bridges in Central Park have both a name and a number, three do not: Bridge No. 24, Bridge No. 27, and Bridge No. 28, the three cast-iron bridges that take pedestrians above the bridle path.