Community to Help Design New Park on Old Freeway Bridge over Washington, D.C. River

Monday, November 18, 2013
Scott Kratz

WASHINGTON, D.C—The 11th Street Bridge Park invites the public to provide input for this new civic space, and see real-time 3D digital prototypes of their recommendations at two community design meetings on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Participants will help prioritize ideas solicited from the community for the 11th Street Bridge Park: an environmental education center; performance spaces; urban agriculture; 21st century accessible playground; public art that tells the rich history of the region; and kayak / canoe launches on the river below.

Executives with Computer Aided Design software company Autodesk, will be on hand to use the company’s latest state of the art software to produce rapid, realistic visualizations of the community-inspired ideas for real-time feedback. 

Sessions are free and open to the public in the Washington, D.C. metro region. These meetings are supported by the Urban Land Institute Washington, the Urban Land Institute Foundation, Autodesk, Justice and Sustainability Associates and the Washington, DC Office of Planning. Light refreshments will be provided at each meeting.



WHEN: Saturday, Dec.  7

TIME: 8-9am Open House; 9am-12noon Design Session

WHERE: Matthews Memorial Baptist Church; 2616 MLK Jr. Ave. SE, Washington D.C. 200020

Closest Metro: Anacostia Station; Church parking available




WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7

TIME: 2-3pm Open House; 3-6pm Design Session

WHERE: 200 I Street SE, Washington D.C. 20003

NOTE: This is a government building – participants must BRING I.D. to go through security.

Closest Metro: Navy Yard Station; metered street parking available


Closest Metro: Navy Yard Station; metered street parking available


About the 11th Street Recreation Bridge - As the old 11th Street river bridges that connect Washington, D.C.’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 part of this aged infrastructure into the city’s first elevated park: a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education and the arts. The 11th St. Bridge Park, a new civic space over the Anacostia River, has four goals:

  • Create a healthy community by establishing a safe place for recreation
  • Establish a place of environmental education to re-engage the public with the Anacostia River
  • Reconnect the communities of Anacostia and Capitol Hill
  • Serve as an anchor for economic development in adjoining neighborhoods

For more information on the 11th Street Bridge Park visit:

About Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC - Officially opened in October 2005, The Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) is a $27 million, 110,000 square-foot campus located east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC's Ward 8.  THEARC is a home away from home for the many underserved children and adults of East of the River, enabling them to participate in dance classes, music instruction, fine arts, academics, continuing education, mentoring, tutoring, recreation, medical and dental care, and other services at a substantially reduced cost or no cost at all. In addition to THEARC Theater, a 365-seat community theater that is the only theater of any kind located east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC, THEARC includes a regulation size gymnasium, libraries, computer labs, classrooms, dance, music and visual arts studios, an art gallery, public playgrounds, gardens and other first-rate facilities. In total Building Bridges and its ten resident partners at THEARC deliver more than $11 million worth of cultural and community services to more than 80,000 people annually.

"My grandkids will be proud to tell people that their grandma (Mimi) was part of the team that that helped to make the 11th Street Bridge Park happen."

Arnehl Lyon, Ward 8 Resident