The development of new parks and green space can often lead to displacement and gentrification. 11th Street Bridge Park is making a conscious effort to keep lifelong residents of Southeast Washington in place through community land trusts. The community land trusts was implemented as part of the development plan to maintain affordable homes in the surrounding area of the park.
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 $5 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.
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The High Line gave impetus to the idea of adding greenery to infrastructure that is raised off the ground. Conceived, funded and built by the nonprofit Friends of the High Line, the park has inspired so many infrastructure-reuse projects that its founders formed the High Line Network to help others learn the ropes — and avoid pitfalls.
The 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C.—a planned repurposing of the retired 11th Street Bridge across the Anacostia River between the East of the River neighborhoods and Capitol Hill into a vibrant city park—will connect communities and create new shared experiences across and along the Anacostia River. This innovative public-private partnership in the nation’s capital is re-connecting neighborhoods to the river’s banks and to each other.