After nearly a decade of fundraising, the “Jim Bach” bridge opened with a ceremony at Mead Park Friday morning. Bach, who raised approximately 95 percent of the funds for the bridge himself, was awarded the honor of cutting the ribbon at the grand opening as the Board of Selectmen and a crowd of onlookers, including several veterans, cheered. “I’ve got to congratulate Jim,” Keith Simpson, the landscape architect who worked on the project, said at the ceremony. Bach himself added that the completion of the new bridge would not have been possible without the New Canaan chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which made a sizable donation. Meredith Bach, Jim’s niece and a member of the New Canaan DAR herself, said, “It’s great to see this finally come together.”
Also involved in the bridge’s construction were Bill Pollack, who worked alongside Simpson on landscaping and structural engineer Arne Thune.