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.
Building 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.