About the 11th Street Bridge Park

As the old 11th Street river bridges that connect Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods are being replaced, the District government and THEARC will transform the aged infrastructure into the city’s first elevated park:  a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education and the arts.

The 11th Street Bridge Park will span the capital’s cityscape and include outdoor performance spaces, playgrounds, fruit orchards, classrooms to teach students about river systems and even kayaks and paddle boats.  Bound by the Washington Navy Yard on one side and the National Park Service’s Anacostia Park on the other, the Bridge Park will be a destination for some, a pedestrian or bicycle route for others and an iconic architectural symbol across the Anacostia River.

The 11th Street Bridge Park promises to be a place unlike any other in Washington, DC – one that supports the community’s physical, environmental and economic health.  The community behind the 11th Street Bridge Park has four goals:

•    Create a healthy community by establishing a safe place for residents to exercise and play
•    Connect the community with the Anacostia River
•    Reconnect the neighborhoods of Anacostia and Capitol Hill
•    Generate new jobs and economic activity

Creating An Architectural Icon Contest

 

 

Join us in our goal of building bridges across the river! The Bridge Park nation-wide competition launched on March 20, 2014, and we are currently seeking designs from architects and landscape architects across the country.  Given the unique nature of this project, there has been tremendous interest from the country’s most innovative designers. Later this spring, the top four...

Join us for this closing party, meet and listen to talented young artists describe their collaborative installationsof Anacostia & Navy Yard...A Tale of Two Communities! Free admission for all!

Local High School Students Present 11th Street Bridge Park Art Show

For the last year, senior art students from Capitol Hill's Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy has been working with staff at the 11th Street Bridge Park to develop prototype art for this future civic space. Their task was to visualize a key goal of...

11th Street Bridge Park Rendering courtesy DC Office of Planning, Ed Estes

A revolution is taking place in designing, building and programming places to support the physical, mental and social well-being of all citizens. The 11th Street Bridge Park is being designed to include many elements of the revolution: access to healthy foods and the...

On Thursday, January 30, 11th Street Bridge Park Director Scott Kratz sat down with Kojo Nnamdi and Washington Post columnist Roger Lewis to talk about the importance of civic space in the nation's capital. Scott joins the conversation around minute 19.

A reporter from the Washington Post joined us for a series of community meetings. Here is the article that she wrote, which first appeared on the cover of the Washington Post's Metro Section on December 26.

Washington Post journalists attended our December 7 community design meetings helping prioritize programming ideas for this new civic space over the Anacostia River. Read all about it here!

On Saturday, December 7, over 100 champions of the 11th Street Bridge Park joined us to help prioritize programming ideas collected in over 160 community meetings to date.

We held two meetings - a morning session at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church (a HUGE thanks to Bishop Hudson for hosting us!) and an afternoon session by the Navy Yard. (a HUGE thanks to David Garber for securing the space!) 

On November 5, 2013 we invited residents from across the D.C. region to help us brainstorm how to incorporate technology into the 11th Street Bridge Park and help realize our four key goals for the project. Over 50 folks answered the call and came up with inspired ideas!

We would like to thank PEPCO for generously hosting the event at the PEPCO Edison Gallery.

Here is what these bright participants suggested for each of our project goals:

GOAL: Create a healthy community by establishing a safe place for recreation

On Saturday, December 7, we invite you to participate in a community design meeting to help shape the 11th Street Bridge Park! We'll have a morning session from 8 am - noon at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church located at 2616 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE. To RSVP, click here: https://dcbridgepark1.eventbrite.com.

The 11th Street Bridge Park was featured on CBS News' SmartPlanet website. Titled "Want an Old Bridge? Many Cities Say Yes", the journalist used our project to describe the re-purposing of aged infrastructure into new civic spaces.

We envision the 11tth Street Bridge Park as a driver of bustling activity on the Anacostia River. The Washington Post thinks so too in this engaging article.

The 11th Street Bridge Park has very exciting news to share regarding efforts to create DC's first elevated park over the Anacsotia River! Earlier this month the 11th Street Bridge Park received a $100,000 gift to support our nation-wide design competition, lead an economic development analysis and implement a health impact assessment. Now every donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000. To learn more about the project or make a donation, click here.

This report represents the work of students enrolled in the Planning Studio of the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning program at Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region campus.  Working closely with 11th Street Bridge Park Project Director, Scott Kratz, students spent the spring semester of 2013 conducting an in depth study designed to inform the process of transforming the obsolete 11th Street Bridge into DC’s first elevated park.

The studio team produced a set of three independent but related reports:

Over the last several months, Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher, Robert Schwab, at Maryland's Clarksville Elementary School, challenged  his students to create their own version of the 11th Street Bridge Park.

"As the old 11th Street river bridges that connect Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods are being replaced, the District government and a local nonprofit organization, Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC, will transform the aged infrastructure into the city’s first elevated park: a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education and the arts." - East City Art

DC Urban Turf interviews Scott Kratz, and learns about the 11th Street Bridge Park Project.

In September 2012, University of Maryland landscape architecture students were asked to develop concepts for an 11th Street Bridge Park as part of their fall studio class.  They were given a presentation by 11th Street Bridge Park Director Scott Kratz and had the opportunity to review documents prepared by the DC Office of Planning.  Under the direction of Professor Jack Sullivan, 19 students created models and supportive graphics of their proposals. 

THEARC Partners

Contact Information

THEARC
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: 202-669-0951

Scott Kratz

skratz@thearcdc.org