A recent article in Urban Turf provides an update of where things stand with the 11th Street Bridge Park project.
Scott Kratz, the director of the project, says that pre-construction, which includes the beginning of the environmental assessment and due diligence for load testing on the old piers, will begin this fall and is expected to take two years.
“Construction will then take a year and a half, so we are targeting a mid-2019 opening date,” Kratz told Urban Turf.
The 11th Street Bridge Park, which will be about the size of three football fields, will be home to an amphitheater, an environmental education center, a sculpture garden, and a boat launch, among other programmed spaces and activities.
With the excitement of what the park will bring to Anacostia, Fairlawn, and other neighborhoods directly surrounding the future park – new housing, new businesses, and more visitors, etc. – current residents want to ensure that they will still be able to live and thrive in their communities.
The 11th Street Bridge Park Task Force has been busy incorporating the recommendations of business owners, policy experts, government officials, and the residents surrounding the future park to address their concerns about the unintended consequences of community revitalization.
As a result, the task force’s Equitable Development Plan includes a comprehensive list of programs and polices to encourage inclusive development, particularly in the areas of housing, small business enterprise, and workforce development.
The Equitable Development Plan is available here for public comment. Comments will be accepted through September 30, 2015. These comments will be incorporated into the next version which will be shared at a community meeting on Oct. 3rd from 12 – 2 pm.