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Washington, D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Park gets blessing from National Capital Planning Commission

The 11th Street Bridge Park, a vaguely High Line-y elevated park that’s eternally been in the works for Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia river-severed southeastern quadrant, has passed a major milestone by receiving the green light from the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). The good news was shared by the New York office of OMA, one of two firms—the other being Philadelphia-based landscape design studio OLIN—behind the design of the programming-packed, 1.45-mile-long recreational park will span the Anacostia River along the revitalized bones of an old 1960s-era vehicular bridge. – The Architect’s Newspaper

CAUSES: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; THE 11TH STREET BRIDGE PARK

The University of the District of Columbia is the only exclusively urban land-grant university in the United States. The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences is charged with leading the university’s land-grant mission. We accomplish this through research based academic and community outreach programs that improve the quality of life and economic opportunities for Washington DC residents and organizations – YouTube

UPDATE ON THE UPBEAT – THE 11TH STREET BRIDGE PARK

By now, nearly everyone has heard of the plan to build a broad pedestrian park and entertainment center on the piers of the old 11th Street bridge that were left after the freeway and local roads were rebuilt in the last few years. The idea is to construct a broad band the length of three football fields across the river, connecting Capitol Hill with historic Anacostia through a series of spaces providing recreation, art, and environmental education. – Hill Rag

BTM RADIO SHOW W/ SCOTT KRATZ DIRECTOR OF 11TH STREET BRIDGE PARK

For the last four years, Scott has been working with the Washington D.C. Office of Planning and the Ward 8 nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC to transform an old freeway bridge into a park above the Anacostia River. The old 11th Street Bridges that connect Capitol Hill with communities east of the river have reached the end of their lifespan, Scott is working with the community to use the base of one of the bridges to create a one of a kind civic space supporting active recreation, environmental education, and the arts. Scott is a resident of Barrack’s Row and has lived in Washington D.C. for the last 10 years. He has worked in the education field for twenty years and began his career teaching at Kidspace. – BTM Radio Show

THE 11TH STREET BRIDGE PARK

The 11th Street Bridge Park re-imagines a defunct bridge span as a new citizen destination for recreation and entertainment. The resulting park will be an economic anchor for the surrounding neighborhoods, and provide economic opportunities for residents, during construction and beyond. Spearheaded by Ward 8’s Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC, the park is one of the most collaborative projects to start up in D.C. in recent years. – Prime Settlement

PRE-CONSTRUCTION ON 11TH STREET BRIDGE PARK COULD BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER

While it may not seem as though much has happened since the design for the 11th Street Bridge Park was unveiled two years ago, UrbanTurf has learned that pre-construction for the highly-anticipated park could begin next month, putting it on a schedule to be complete in three years. – UrbanTurf

learned that pre-construction for the highly-anticipated park could begin next month, putting it on a schedule to be complete in three years. -Urban Turf

EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING AND URBAN PARK SPACE: EARLY INSIGHTS FROM DC’S 11TH STREET BRIDGE PARK PROJECT

“The vision for DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park, a new $45 million elevated park that will span the Anacostia River, is ambitious: create recreational and environmental value for the city, and connect distressed neighborhoods on the east side of the river to the more affluent neighborhoods on the west side. But to realize this vision, planners must honestly answer, who is this for?” – Mary Bogle, Urban Institute – Urban Institute

BRIDGING THE CITY: BRIDGE PARK MURAL RECEPTION AT THEARC

It’ll be great to have a shiny new 11th Street bridge complex, connecting Wards 6 and 8 and deftly rearranging traffic on 295 and 695. But there is much work to be done to properly bridge the city: there are emotional and cultural scars that divide us more than unite us. Last night’s Bridge Park Mural reception at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, proved that art is what brings us together and speaks to us most directly. – The Hill is Home

2015 ArtPlace America National Grants Program Grantees

Today marks an exciting day as we announce and welcome the latest round of National Grants Program grantees to the ArtPlace family! We’re thrilled to share with you the work of the 38 unique projects in this year’s National Grants Program pool and hope you take the time learn more about them here. 50% of this year’s grantees are first-time ArtPlace applicants, 97% of them are first-time ArtPlace grantees, and 29% work in rural communities. – ArtPlace America

2015 National Grants Program Finalists

ArtPlace is proud to announce the 90 projects that have been selected as finalists for consideration for its 2015 National Grants Program. Each of these finalists have proposed opportunities for the arts to play an explicit and intentional role in a community development project that seeks to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of a community. 11th Street Bridge Park submitted a proposal in partnership with Washington Performing Arts; we are proud to be selected as finalists in this grant program. – ArtPlace America

Community to Help Design New Park on Old Freeway Bridge over Washington, D.C. River

As the old 11th Street river bridges that connect Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods are being replaced, the District government and a local nonprofit organization, Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC, will transform part of this aged infrastructure into the city’s first elevated park: a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education and the arts. – Greater Greater Washington

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