Bridging the Divide

In 2018, the 11th Street Bridge Park is slated to become the District of Columbia’s first elevated park, crossing the Anacostia River on top of the piers which once supported the old 11th Street Bridge. So why is DC LISC supporting the development of the 11th Street Bridge Park?

We are providing funding and technical assistance because we want to help ensure that the presence of the park not only brings enjoyable amenities but also promotes “equitable development.”

There has to be a deliberate and focused effort to ensure that the future development in the neighborhoods that abut the Park (e.g. Anacostia, Navy Yard) will offer opportunities and stability to households of all income levels.



With that in mind, we helped the 11th Street Bridge Park staff to put together a team of practitioners in housing, workforce development, and small business assistance to come up with the framework for an Equitable Development Plan.

On February 3rd these practitioners held a day long session at THEARC, home of Building Bridges Across the River.  At the end of the day the practitioners put forward a set of recommended action items to ensure people of all income levels will be able to enjoy the economic benefits that a development of this size will bring.

Next, we will work with the 11th Street Bridge Park team to refine the set of recommendations and present them to stakeholders and community residents.

Community meetings seeking input and feedback on the recommendations were held on June 27th on both sides of the river. Over 100 stakeholders participated, and with the inclusion of their input the Equitable Development Plan includes clear, actionable steps for inclusive development.

Click here to check out article about the Equitable Development Task Force.