About the 11th Street Bridge Park

The 11th  Street Bridge Park, a project of Ward 8 based nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River, will be Washington, D.C.’s first elevated public park located on the piers of the old 11th Street Bridge spanning the Anacostia River: a new venue for healthy recreation; environmental education and the arts. After a seven-month design competition, the design team of OMA+OLIN was selected in October 2014. With the ongoing capital campaign securing more than $15 million to date, the Bridge Park draws on an extensive community outreach and consultative process, anchored by more than 1,000 stakeholder meetings for design development and impact. Pre-construction began in 2016 and the park is expected to open by late 2019.

Our Goals

THEARCBuilding Bridges Across the River (BBAR) is a 501-c-3 nonprofit whose mission to improve the quality of life for children and adults who reside east of the Anacostia River by providing leadership, management and financial oversight of the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). Opened in 2005, THEARC is a $27 million, 110,000 square-foot campus located on 16.5 acres in Washington, DC’s Ward 8 and is home to ten of Washington, D.C.’s best nonprofit agencies who work collaboratively under BBAR’s leadership to provide cultural arts, social services, health care, recreation and educational programs. THEARC features two buildings, classrooms, state of the art dance, music and visual art studios, a full service pediatric medical and dental clinic, meeting space, an organic community teaching garden, playgrounds, computer labs, libraries and a 365-seat THEARC Theater.

Staff

Scott Kratz

Director

For the last four years, Scott  has been working with the Ward 8 based non-profit Building Bridges Across the River and the Washington D.C. city government to transform an old freeway bridge into a park above the Anacostia River. The old 11th Street Bridges that connect Capitol Hill with communities east of the river have reached the end of their lifespan,  Scott is working with the community to use the base of one of the bridges to create a one of a kind civic space supporting active recreation, environmental education and the arts. 

Scott is a resident of Barrack’s Row and has lived in Washington D.C. for the last 11 years. He has worked in the education field for twenty+ years and began his career teaching at Kidspace, a children’s museum in Pasadena, California and later as the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, CA. While at the Autry, he supervised a staff that planned and implemented programs including theater, film, music, festivals, family programs, lecture series, and academic symposia. Most recently, he was the Vice President for Education at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.

 

Irfana Jetha Noorani

Deputy Director

Irfana Jetha Noorani is the Deputy Director at the 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC in Washington D.C. Along with fundraising for Bridge Park, Irfana works closely with many local stakeholders to plan community-driven programs like the annual Anacostia River Festival and other placekeeping initiatives at the site of the future park. She also promotes the project’s work around equity by providing planning and implementation support on Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan.

Previously, Irfana worked with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the Performing Arts Program, and for New York Live Arts, where she served as the Manager for Institutional Giving and provided instrumental support during the merger between the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop. Irfana was an Arts Management Fellow at The Kennedy Center. She holds a BA in Dance & Movement Studies and International Relations from Emory University in her hometown of Atlanta, GA.

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Vaughn Perry

Equitable Development Manager

Vaughn Perry is the Equitable Development Manager. His role is to oversee and implement the deliverables for the Equitable Development Plan.  A D.C. native, Vaughn has been a resident and homeowner in Ward 8 for over 16 years. Vaughn’s research interests focus on ecojustice pedagogies, community engagement and green job/skill development.

Previously, Vaughn worked for the Anacostia Watershed Society, where he led the National Capital Region - Watershed Stewards Academy providing community leaders with the resources to serve as a point in their community on storm water issues. Vaughn holds a Bachelor’s degree in IT from Strayer University and a Master’s Degree in Project Management from George Washington University.

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Where is the 11th Street Bridge Park?

Location of the 11th Street Bridge Park

The 11th Street Bridge Park will be built on the original pillars of the old road bridge crossing the Anacostia River between wards 6 and 8.

 

Transforming old bridges into new civic spaces

The 11th Street Bridge Park will reuse the old bridge piers and span between wards 6, 7 and 8.

How Big Will the Park Be?

11th Street Bridge Park will be roughly the same size as three football fields placed end to end

In the Community

  • Anacostia Bike Parade

    2015 Anacostia River Festival Bike Parade

  • 2015 River Photoshoot

  • 2016 Anacostia River Festival

  • 2016 Anacostia River Festival

  • Anacostia River Festival

    2016 Anacostia River Festival

  • Union Temple Baptist Church Urban Garden

    2016 Bridge Park Plots

  • 2015 Equitable Development Community Meeting

  • 2016 Anacostia River Festival

  • Anacostia River Festival

    2016 Anacostia River Festival

  • Bridge Park Community Meeting

    2014 Community Design Charrette

  • Lanterns Created by the Community for the Lantern Walk

  • Lantern Walk - Local Residents in Anacostia

  • Lantern Walk - Local Resident in Navy Yard

  • Lantern Walk

  • Lantern Walk

  • Lantern-Making at the Lantern Walk

  • Lantern Walk - The Community Begins the Walk

  • Lantern-Making @ The Yards Park

  • Vertical gardens at "Barracks Grow" urban garden.

  • "Barrakcs Grow" urban garden vegitation.

  • Stawberries at "Barracks Grow" urban garden.

  • "Barracks Grow" urban garden with DMPED staff.

  • Plants at "Barracks Grow" urban garden.

  • Kayaking on the Anacostia River

    Kayaking on the Anacostia River

  • National Community Church Urban Farm

    NCC Urban Farm

  • 2016 ARF Bike Parade

  • 2016 Bridge Park Plots

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  • Blues Speakeasy February 25, 2017.

  • Blues Speakeasy Host and Event Curator.

  • 2015 Anacostia River Festival Fish Windsocks

  • ArtReach Fish Windsocks

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  • Bridge Park Community

    2016 River Photoshoot

2015-2016 Donors

  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Artplace America
  • The JPB Foundation
  • The Educational Foundation of America
  • Bloomberg
  • Prince Charitable Trusts
  • The Lois & Richard England Family Foundation

Walmart, Nancy Folger, Robert Goodrich, The Risa Fund, Share Fund, Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc., Robert and Janie Lipnick, Chase A. Maggiano, Roaring Fork Fund, National Parks Conservation Association, Western Development Corporation, MRP Realty, Nicholas & Gardiner Lapham, Eden Rafshoon, Scott Kratz, Redbrick LMD, Laura Olle, Sarah Temkin, Corinne Irwin, John Schnitker and Elizabeth Weaver, LaTanya Bullock, Roger Lewis, Darin Tuggle

Additional Supporters

CIH Ventures, Inc., Catherine Satterlee, The W.H. Francis Foundation, Maureen Dwyer, Adriana Elefante, Joshua Eastright, Ann Ashmore-Hudson and Jim Hudson, Ellen Seidman, Christine Hollins, Sarah Williamson, Pew Charitable Trusts, John E. Hoeffel, Lionel Foster, Helen Chason, Kathryn Ott Lovell, Michael Godec, Joan Schaffer & Edward H. Comer, Clark Wilson, Marc Bendick, Diag Davenport, James Schulman, Eric Wrigley, Elizabeth Reinhart, Karri Brady, Ruth Robbins, Christopher Wenstrom, Nadine Kolowrat, Mary Konsoulis, Scott Davis, Lorena Checa, Tracy Roman, Elinor Bacon, Liliya Dvornichenko, Carol Casperson, Elizabeth Morton, Ashley Douglass, Elizabeth Morton, Elinor Bacon, Gene Hix, Sara Sills, Shahara Anderson-Davis, Heming Nelson, Mary McComb, Pam Wessling

2015-2016 Partners

Alice Ferguson Foundation, Anacostia Business Improvement District, Anacostia Community Boathouse Association, Anacostia Coordinating Council, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Anacostia Watershed Society, ARCH Development Corporation, ArtoMatic & Center for the Creative Economy, ArtReach at THEARC, Ballou High School, Bethel Christian Fellowship, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, Cesar Chavez Public Charter School, City First Homes, Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, Community Forklift, Community Land Trust Network Corporation for Enterprise Development, Cultivate the City, DC Central Kitchen, DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), Earth Conservation Corps, Eastern High School, Enterprise Community Partners, Fairlawn Citizens Association, Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, Federal City Council, George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, Georgetown University, Groundwork Anacostia River DC, Historic Anacostia Block Association, Housing Counseling Services, Illumination Coalition, Levine School of Music, LISC-DC, Living Classrooms Foundation, Manna Housing, Inc., Martha's Table, National Community Church, National Park Service, National Parks Conservation Association, Near Southeast Community Partners, Skyland Workforce Center, The Pearl Coalition, The Phillips Collection, U.S. Navy Museum, Union Temple Baptist Church, University of Maryland, University of the District of Columbia, Urban Institute, Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs, Ward 8 Arts & Culture Council, Ward 8 Workforce Development Council, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Washington Performing Arts and We Act Radio

"As a newcomer to DC and a new homeowner East of the River, I am very enthusiastic about this project and have repeatedly extolled its virtues to co-workers and neighbors. "

Darin Tuggle, Ward 8 Resident and Bridge Park Champion