A key goal of the 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of the Ward 8 based non-profit Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC, is to serve as an anchor for economic growth. While the Bridge Park’s design strategies will increase connectivity and interaction between those living on both sides of the Anacostia River, more must be done to ensure that residents living near the site will continuously benefit from the success of this signature new civic space.
Over the last nine months, the Equitable Development Task Force (Task Force) has worked with community stakeholders, government officials, business owners and policy experts to identify actionable recommendations that Bridge Park and its partners can take in three areas: workforce development, small business enterprise and housing. The Task Force has developed this DRAFT Equitable Development Plan comprised of detailed recommendations.
Bridge Park staff will present the final version at a November 5 Community Development Finance Summit—“Equitable Economic Development East of the River”—presented by City First Foundation at the R.I.S.E Demonstration Center in Southeast D.C.