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On February 26, Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative and the 11th Street Bridge Park will host District of Dance: A D.C. Rhythm & Blues Celebration inspired by the rhythm & blues history of Washington, D.C. from the 50s, 60s and early 70s. Held at Anacostia High School from 3 pm to 8 pm, this FREE event will feature live performances, hand dance lessons and panel discussions.
The National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the third annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year’s program will have a special focus on biking in the District and will celebrate the new extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to Bladensburg, MD. Held in Anacostia Park, this FREE event will encourage District residents and visitors alike to explore communities and parks east of the river. In 2016, the Anacostia River Festival attracted nearly 8,000 participants to Anacostia Park.
The 11th Street Bridge Park and ARCH Development Corporation are partnering to examine critical affordable housing issues in two FREE public programs at the Anacostia Arts Center. These events complement the “Better Homes and Gardens” exhibition on view at the Anacostia Arts Center’s Vivid Solutions Gallery and the 11th Street Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan. Over the course of 8-weeks, Becky Borlan will transform Vivid Solutions into a whimsical urban jungle. The space will be filled with larger-than-life plant structures juxtaposed against tiny, hand-sized wax houses. Exhibition runs through November 18. And throughout 2016, the 11th Street Bridge Park has been implementing its Equitable Development Plant, an effort to ensure that nearby residents can continuously benefit from the future civic space.
In the News
Environmental Performance Metrics
A key objective of the 11th Street Bridge Park is to improve the environment of the surrounding area. Over the past year, we partnered with the Landscape Architecture Foundation to create measurable environmental performance metrics for this new civic space. This baseline data will help inform our design and can be measured once the park opens to ensure we are meeting our goals.
Urban Institute White Paper
This report is the first in a series of products that tracks the park’s creation and draws out lessons for cities on planning, measuring, and producing equitable growth.
The Bridges of D.C. Curriculum Guide
Although essential to our infrastructure, bridges are also symbols and inspiration for writers, artists and engineers. Neo-classic D.C. and modern sensibilities vie for funds, to maintain and change the face and functionality of D.C. View The Bridges of D.C. curriculum here.
The 11th Street Bridge Park Baseline Health Assessment
A key goal of the 11th Street Bridge Park is to build healthy communities in the neighborhoods surrounding the future park. In partnership with George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, we are issuing the first phase of a Health Impact Assessment using existing data sets to describe the current health status of residents living within a half-mile walk shed of the future Bridge Park site and conditions related to their built environment. This phase of the Health Impact Assessment was supported by The Kresge Foundation.
Plan for Kiosk Based Businesses on the 11th Street Bridge Park
Graduate students at Syracuse University's Maxwell School created a proposal for kiosk based businesses on the future Bridge Park.
Parks and Play: Innovative Design in D.C.
In the spring of 2016, students at Virginia Tech’s Graduate Urban Planning Studio studied plans for interactive play areas to inform the 11th Street Bridge Park. This final report will shape our continued design to create an innovative and inter-generational exploration space on our park. We would like to thank these bright students for their hard work, imagination and dedication.
11th Street Bridge Park Community Land Trust
A key goal of the Bridge Park's Equitable Development Plan is to explore the creation of a Community Land Trust in the adjacent communities. In the spring semester of 2016, Thomas Roberts, a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning student at Virginia Tech, led extensive research and conversations with practitioners and experts in community land trusts to create a proposal for an 11th Street Bridge Park Community Land Trust.
2012 Summer Youth Employment Program Collaboration
The DC Office of Planning, working with THEARC and tasked local teens to create their own concepts for an 11th Street recreational bridge. View on YouTube.
Presentation to the National Capital Planning Commission on February 4, 2016
On February 4, 2016 we presented an informational briefing to the commision of the National Capital Planning Commission. View on YouTube.
Design Overview by OMA's Jason Long and OLIN's Hallie Boyce
On January 8, 2015, our designers Jason Long from OMA and Hallie Boyce from OLIN gave a presentation at the National Building Museum. They were joined by 11th Street Bridge Park Director Scott Kratz and Design Oversight Committee member David Smith.
"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. "