About the 11th Street Bridge Park

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 2023.


Our Goals

THEARCBuilding Bridges Across the River’s (BBAR) mission is to improve the quality of life for families living east of the Anacostia River by providing leadership, management & fiscal oversight of the 11th Street Bridge Park (Bridge Park), Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), THEARC Farm, THEARC Theater & Skyland Workforce Center. Through these projects, BBAR utilizes a multi-sector approach to address significant social, health, environmental & economic disparities that exist in DC.

Our first project, THEARC, opened in 2005 and is a $27 million, 110,000 square-foot campus located on 16.5 acres in Washington, DC’s Ward 8 and is home to nine 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. This year, THEARC WEST opened its doors, doubling our campus and providing space for an additional four nonprofit organizations. Combined, our now 203,000 square-foot facility features three buildings, classrooms, state of the art dance, music and visual art studios, a full service pediatric medical and dental clinic, meeting space, THEARC Farm, playgrounds, computer labs, libraries, a 365-seat THEARC Theater and a new Black Box Theater.


Scott Kratz


For the last five years, Scott  has been working with the Ward 8 based non-profit Building Bridges Across the River and the Washington D.C. city government to transform an old freeway bridge into a park above the Anacostia River. The old 11th Street Bridges that connect Capitol Hill with communities east of the river have reached the end of their lifespan,  Scott is working with the community to use the base of one of the bridges to create a one of a kind civic space supporting active recreation, environmental education and the arts. 

Scott is a resident of Barrack’s Row and has lived in Washington D.C. for the last 11+ years. He has worked in the education field for twenty+ years and began his career teaching at Kidspace, a children’s museum in Pasadena, California and later as the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, CA. While at the Autry, he supervised a staff that planned and implemented programs including theater, film, music, festivals, family programs, lecture series, and academic symposia. Most recently, he was the Vice President for Education at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Scott is honored to serve on the board of the Anacostia Coordinating Council and the United Planning Organization.


Irfana Jetha Noorani

Irfana Jetha Noorani

Deputy Director

Irfana Jetha Noorani is the Deputy Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, a public/private partnership between the District of Columbia and the local nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River to build a civic space that spans the Anacostia River and connects the communities of Capitol Hill/Navy Yard and Anacostia/Fairlawn. Along with fundraising, Irfana works closely with local stakeholders to plan community-driven programs like the Anacostia River Festival and other placekeeping initiatives in the adjoining neighborhoods. She promotes the project’s equity-first model by providing planning and implementation support on the Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan—a $56MM initiative to ensure that investments in nearby neighborhoods benefit current residents. Irfana has also been working with local artists and residents to develop cultural strategies to add to the Plan.

Previously, Irfana worked with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the Performing Arts Program and for New York Live Arts | Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company as the Manager of Institutional Giving. Irfana was an Arts Management Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She holds a BA in Dance & Movement Studies and International Relations from Emory University. Irfana is a Ward 5 resident and lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood.

irfana@bridgepark.org | 202.889.5901 x 205



Vaughn Perry

Equitable Development Manager

Vaughn Perry is the Equitable Development Manager. His role is to oversee and implement the deliverables for the Equitable Development Plan.  A D.C. native, Vaughn has been a resident and homeowner in Ward 8 for over 16 years. Vaughn’s research interests focus on ecojustice pedagogies, community engagement and green job/skill development.

Previously, Vaughn worked for the Anacostia Watershed Society, where he led the National Capital Region - Watershed Stewards Academy providing community leaders with the resources to serve as a point in their community on storm water issues. Vaughn holds a Bachelor’s degree in IT from Strayer University and a Master’s Degree in Project Management from George Washington University.

                                            vaughn@bridgepark.org | 202.889.5901 x208



Jessica G. Smith

Communications and Community Engagment Manager

Jessica G. Smith is the Communications and Community Engagement Manager at the 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC. Her role is to set the communication strategy for the Bridge Park, including coordinating external relations with residents in the project’s impact area, funders, and press.  

As a third generation Washingtonian, she is passionate about creating greater economic opportunity through inclusive development and having resources that allow current residents east of the river to live in healthy and vibrant communities. She believes it is important for residents to be aware and engaged in community affairs. As a Ward 7 resident, she serves on the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board Citizen Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Prior to joining the Bridge Park, Jessica worked with the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District. As the Placemaking and Events Manager, she promoted economic growth and sustainability initiatives through programming and advocated for the needs of the community and local businesses. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.

                                            Jessica@bridgepark.org | 202.889.5901 x207



Where is the 11th Street Bridge Park?

Location of the 11th Street Bridge Park

The 11th Street Bridge Park will be built on the original pillars of the old road bridge crossing the Anacostia River between wards 6 and 8.


Transforming old bridges into new civic spaces

The 11th Street Bridge Park will reuse the old bridge piers and span between wards 6, 7 and 8.

How Big Will the Park Be?

11th Street Bridge Park will be roughly the same size as three football fields placed end to end

In the Community

  • Anacostia Bike Parade

    2015 Anacostia River Festival Bike Parade

  • 2015 River Photoshoot

  • 2016 Anacostia River Festival

  • 2016 Anacostia River Festival

  • Anacostia River Festival

    2016 Anacostia River Festival

  • Union Temple Baptist Church Urban Garden

    2016 Bridge Park Plots

  • 2015 Equitable Development Community Meeting

  • 2016 Anacostia River Festival

  • Anacostia River Festival

    2016 Anacostia River Festival

  • Bridge Park Community Meeting

    2014 Community Design Charrette

  • Lanterns Created by the Community for the Lantern Walk

  • Lantern Walk - Local Residents in Anacostia

  • Lantern Walk - Local Resident in Navy Yard

  • Lantern Walk

  • Lantern Walk

  • Lantern-Making at the Lantern Walk

  • Lantern Walk - The Community Begins the Walk

  • Lantern-Making @ The Yards Park

  • Vertical gardens at "Barracks Grow" urban garden.

  • "Barrakcs Grow" urban garden vegitation.

  • Stawberries at "Barracks Grow" urban garden.

  • "Barracks Grow" urban garden with DMPED staff.

  • Plants at "Barracks Grow" urban garden.

  • Kayaking on the Anacostia River

    Kayaking on the Anacostia River

  • National Community Church Urban Farm

    NCC Urban Farm

  • 2016 ARF Bike Parade

  • 2016 Bridge Park Plots

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  • Blues Speakeasy February 25, 2017.

  • Blues Speakeasy Host and Event Curator.

  • 2015 Anacostia River Festival Fish Windsocks

  • ArtReach Fish Windsocks

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  • Bridge Park Community

    2016 River Photoshoot

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  • Working group meeting. Photo credit: Michaela Accardi

    Working group meeting. Photo credit: Michaela Accardi




  • Build with Building Bridges Across the River @ THEARC

    Build with Building Bridges Across the River @ THEARC

    Build with Building Bridges Across the River @ THEARC

  • Rusted Rainbow

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  • Volunteer ARF Photo

  • ARF Dance Picture

  • Whole Foods Logo

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2015-2016 Donors

  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Artplace America
  • The JPB Foundation
  • The Educational Foundation of America
  • Bloomberg
  • Prince Charitable Trusts
  • The Lois & Richard England Family Foundation

Walmart, Nancy Folger, Robert Goodrich, The Risa Fund, Share Fund, Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc., Robert and Janie Lipnick, Chase A. Maggiano, Roaring Fork Fund, National Parks Conservation Association, Western Development Corporation, MRP Realty, Nicholas & Gardiner Lapham, Eden Rafshoon, Scott Kratz, Redbrick LMD, Laura Olle, Sarah Temkin, Corinne Irwin, John Schnitker and Elizabeth Weaver, LaTanya Bullock, Roger Lewis, Darin Tuggle

Additional Supporters

CIH Ventures, Inc., Catherine Satterlee, The W.H. Francis Foundation, Maureen Dwyer, Adriana Elefante, Joshua Eastright, Ann Ashmore-Hudson and Jim Hudson, Ellen Seidman, Christine Hollins, Sarah Williamson, Pew Charitable Trusts, John E. Hoeffel, Lionel Foster, Helen Chason, Kathryn Ott Lovell, Michael Godec, Joan Schaffer & Edward H. Comer, Clark Wilson, Marc Bendick, Diag Davenport, James Schulman, Eric Wrigley, Elizabeth Reinhart, Karri Brady, Ruth Robbins, Christopher Wenstrom, Nadine Kolowrat, Mary Konsoulis, Scott Davis, Lorena Checa, Tracy Roman, Elinor Bacon, Liliya Dvornichenko, Carol Casperson, Elizabeth Morton, Ashley Douglass, Elizabeth Morton, Elinor Bacon, Gene Hix, Sara Sills, Shahara Anderson-Davis, Heming Nelson, Mary McComb, Pam Wessling

2015-2016 Partners

Alice Ferguson Foundation, Anacostia Business Improvement District, Anacostia Community Boathouse Association, Anacostia Coordinating Council, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Anacostia Watershed Society, ARCH Development Corporation, ArtoMatic & Center for the Creative Economy, ArtReach at THEARC, Ballou High School, Bethel Christian Fellowship, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, Cesar Chavez Public Charter School, City First Homes, Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, Community Forklift, Community Land Trust Network Corporation for Enterprise Development, Cultivate the City, DC Central Kitchen, DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), Earth Conservation Corps, Eastern High School, Enterprise Community Partners, Fairlawn Citizens Association, Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, Federal City Council, George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, Georgetown University, Groundwork Anacostia River DC, Historic Anacostia Block Association, Housing Counseling Services, Illumination Coalition, Levine School of Music, LISC-DC, Living Classrooms Foundation, Manna Housing, Inc., Martha's Table, National Community Church, National Park Service, National Parks Conservation Association, Near Southeast Community Partners, Skyland Workforce Center, The Pearl Coalition, The Phillips Collection, U.S. Navy Museum, Union Temple Baptist Church, University of Maryland, University of the District of Columbia, Urban Institute, Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs, Ward 8 Arts & Culture Council, Ward 8 Workforce Development Council, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Washington Performing Arts and We Act Radio

“I think the bridge is going to bring a lot of people together who normally don’t cross paths.”

Tendani Mplubusi-El, Ward 8 Artist and Resident