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Press Releases

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Douglass Community Land Trust (DCLT) Advisory Committee, Building Bridges Across Rivers (BBAR), and City First Enterpris

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Building Bridges Across the River is launching its new Community Raised Inspired & Sourced Produce (CRISP) program, a venture designed to create a fresh, healthy and local food network to address the social determinants of health and improve food access in Ward 8.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the fourth annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.


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.


“Then to be able to get on the bridge and to realize you are above water sitting at a concert and you think ‘I’m sitting on a bridge listening to a concert.’”

Oramenta Newsom, DC LISC