The 11th Street Bridge Park will be DC’s first elevated park, stitching together neighborhoods long-divided by the Anacostia River in the southeast quadrant of the city.

The 11th Street Bridge Park (Bridge Park) is a project of the nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River and the DC government, whose partnership ensures that the park meets a diverse set of social, health, environmental, and economic goals. The Bridge Park team has led their work with a strong focus on equity by engaging with hundreds of community members to develop an Equitable Development Plan that addresses how cities can make smart investments in communities to ensure longtime residents can stay and thrive in their neighborhoods. To that end, the team has secured over $10 million to implement the plan’s strategies and is working with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC.) LISC has committed $63 million through their Elevating Equity initiative that makes direct investment to organizations working toward equity in the Bridge Park’s impact area.

Project Details

Infrastructure Type Highway
Status In Construction
Opening 2023
Size 7 acres
Design Team OMA, OLIN, WRA

Building Bridges Across the River

Project Leader Scott Kratz

Steering Committee Member

Latest News / 11th Street Bridge Park

Urban Land Magazine / May 25, 2022

Envisioning Inclusion: How Scott Kratz Transformed Bold Community Voices into the 11th Street Bridge Park

Scott Kratz is the senior vice president of Building Bridges Across the River (Building Bridges), and director of the 11th Street Bridge Project, Building Bridge’s largest project to date. Building Bridges and the Washington, D.C., city government are transforming an old freeway bridge into a park above the Anacostia River. The base of one of the bridges will become a one-of-a-kind civic space supporting active recreation, environmental education, and the arts.