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.
Building 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.