Physically, economically, and socially bridging Washington, DC

LISC DC Program Officer, Adam Kent, co-wrote a guest article in Revitalization News with 11th Street Bridge Park’s Scott Kratz on the work being done to ensure that equitable and inclusive development is fostered into the neighborhoods surrounding the site of the future elevated park. Included in the article is the story of how LISC DC assisted 11th Street Bridge Park with its equitable development work, including helping to form a task force,  creating an Equitable Development Plan, and the announcement of our Elevating Equity Initiative, LISC DC’s $50 Million commitment to fostering equity and inclusiveness.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

In 2019, the 11th Street Bridge Park will become the District of Columbia’s first elevated park, connecting the historic Anacostia and Capitol Hill neighborhoods that are geographically divided by the Anacostia River.

The 11th Street Bridge Park—a project of the Ward 8 based nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC—will span the Anacostia River, constructed on top of the repurposed piers, which once supported the old 11th Street Bridge. From the beginning, community engagement and feedback have driven the conceptualization and design of the park.

Work on the Bridge Park began in 2011 and the first two years were filled with hundreds of neighborhood meetings on both sides of the river leading to the identification of 13 community-identified principles and six programming concepts for the design of the park.

Programming ideas include an environmental education center, access to the river via kayak / canoe launches, 280 person outdoor amphitheater, urban agriculture, multi-generational playspace and public art that tells the rich history of the region. This programming supports the project’s four key goals:

  • Improve public health by providing safe places to play and access to fresh food;
  • Re-engage residents with the Anacostia River – an incredible but hidden natural resource;
  • Stitch together neighborhoods that have long been divided by the river;
  • Serve as an anchor for equitable and inclusive economic growth

Read the full article here and learn more about LISC DC’s  Elevating Equity Initiative here.