Greenways offer a breath of fresh air, but when planning and building them, leaders must realize their full potential for social and economic impact.
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 raised over $7 million to implement the plan’s strategies and is working with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC.) LISC has committed $50 million through their Elevating Equity initiative that makes direct investment to organizations working toward equity in the Bridge Park’s impact area.
|Design Team||OMA, OLIN, WRA|
Building Bridges Across the River
|Project Leader||Scott Kratz|
Steering Committee Member
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I’ve heard the same refrain from both friends and strangers, over and over, ever since the pandemic hit: “COVID has upended life as I know it. But I’ve found peace along the Detroit Riverfront.”
11th Street Bridge Park has received the green light from the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) to move forward. The project also received positive feedback from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, and will present the project to the full Commission this coming fall.