A City Transformed: The 11th Street Bridge Park

D.C. has been changing and growing at an astounding rate in the last few years and we are so lucky to call this wonderful city our home! With one of the highest move-in rates in the country, Washington D.C. is finding new ways to improve and make the best of every inch of the city. One project that has been underway since 2009 is the 11th Street Bridge Park in Anacostia. Over 80 architecture and landscape design teams have competed for the honor of implementing their vision to span the banks of the Anacostia River. The bridge park intends to be a place of not only transit but a place of activated recreation for the public. Located between the northern Navy Yard/Capitol Hill area and Historic Anacostia, the repurposed highway will no longer be covered in speeding traffic, but families, restaurants, and learning centers.

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Conceptual Illustrations by Ed Estes courtesy of the Office of Planning http://www.bridgepark.org


The District Department of Transportation and THEARC are working together to completely transform the 11th Street Bridge in hopes to link the residents from all ends of the city. This architectural symbol will not only be a form of connection, but a destination in and of itself. With outdoor performance spaces, an environmental education center, and healthy food vendors, this project intends to be an icon of art, culture, and community. Visitors will be able to experience the city in a whole new light, elevated above the river, surrounded by lively Washingtonians.

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Conceptual Illustrations by Ed Estes courtesy of the Office of Planning http://www.bridgepark.org 


This project aims to improve quality of life for residents all across the District. 76,000 residents live within only 2 miles of the bridge park, and the project has already encouraged community outreach and participation in the planning stages. The bridge park will create not only an aesthetic figure for D.C., but will raise awareness about health, education, and the Anacostia River cleanup.

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Courtesy of Planning.dc.gov PDF

Construction is expected to be completed in 2015 – and we can’t wait! More information can be found on the website www.bridgepark.org and www.anacostiawaterfront.org 11th Street Bridge




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