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A Lock, A Key & A Symbol of Love

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A Lover’s Tradition at a Rose Rudman Trail Bridge:

February is the month of romance and Tyler has a unique offering for those who want a symbol of their love at the Rose Rudman Trails.

A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, monument, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically, the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love.

Tyler offers lovebirds a place to place a symbol of their love at Rose Rudman Trails.

In the section behind Woodcreek Club, follow the path south to the huge bridge. There you will find a fun display of locks of all kinds and sizes. Some have words, names, even photos. Others are simple displays with only initials or colors. All represent someone’s love to another.

From one end to the other, locks line the rail. More than one hundred locks are clipped to the bars. Each one has its own story and symbolize love and devotion. Keys tossed in the river are devoured by the water, love locked forever.

Although it is arguable where and when the tradition started, the most famous bridge of locks was in Paris at the Pont des Arts. The padlocks were symbolically fastened to the French capital’s main bridges by loved-up couples. Tying a “love lock” on to the Pont des Arts, then throwing the key into the River Seine beneath was a tourist tradition. The padlocks that weigh heavily on the sides of the Pont des Arts tell stories dear to the lovers who affixed them to the celebrated bridge’s iron grillwork. The weight of that love took a toll in Paris, where about eight feet of protective fencing on part of the bridge collapsed. The locks have since been removed due to their enormous weigh that was destroying the bridge.

Paris is perhaps the most-famous spot, but now locks can be found on bridges all across the world.

Rose Rudman Trails are free and are easily accessible with a number of entry points. The picturesque trails wind through south Tyler and are perfect for walking, biking, skating, or jogging. They are enjoyable for the entire family and all fitness levels. There is lots of playground equipment, picnic tables, restrooms, park benches, and water fountains scattered along the way. The trail is well-maintained and always clean. They are patrolled by Tyler Police on bicycles. Rose Rudman Trails even remembered the doggies with scattered dog bowls attached to the water fountains.

Rudman Trail is comprised of 4 individual paths is paved, double wide trail that winds through South Tyler. Rudman Loop is 1.2 miles, Southside Trail is .5 miles, Creekside Trial is .75 miles and the Grande Trail 1.7 miles. Several of the trails end/begin at parks. The trails offer a challenge in both distance and in elevation.

On the northeast segment of the trail is the Tyler Cancer Bell and Pavilion, a place of honor and remembrance for cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.

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