Press Release

Mars Food’s Seeds of Change™ Brand Awards $115,000 Grant to Building Bridges Across the River

May 15, 2019

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — SEEDS OF CHANGE™, a certified organic seed and food brand from Mars Food, proudly announces a partnership with the Ward 8 non-profit Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) to support sustainable community-based farming in Washington, D.C. Over the last three years, BBAR has built seven urban farms in Ward 6 and 8 in collaboration with communities of faith and local non-profits. These Bridge Park Plots along with a nearly two-acre THEARC Farm are designed to address fresh food access on both sides of the Anacostia River by developing local capacity to grow food.

Mar’s Food’s Seeds of Change™ Brand Awards $115,000 Grant


Let’s Celebrate! It’s the 5th Annual Anacostia River Festival

March 6, 2019

The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service proudly present the Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, on Sunday, April 14, 2019. This year we are celebrating the River Festival’s FIFTH ANNIVERSARY as well as the 100th Anniversary of Anacostia Park! Held in Anacostia Park, steps away from the future 11th Street Bridge Park, this FREE event invites District residents and brings thousands of visitors from across the region to experience arts, culture, communities and parks east of the river.

2019 Anacostia River Festival Press Release


CAAB, 11th Street Bridge Park and Capital One Launch EduSaveDC: the First Children’s Savings Accounts Program in Ward 8

February 25, 2019

Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) and 11th Street Bridge Park, with the support from Capital One, have launched EduSaveDC, an innovative and ambitious Children’s Savings Accounts pilot program for the benefit of 110 families residing in Washington D.C.’s Ward 8.

11th Street Bridge Park and Capital One Launch EduSaveDC Press Release.pdf


Douglass Community Land Trust Names Executive Director

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Douglass Community Land Trust (DCLT) Advisory Committee, Building Bridges Across Rivers (BBAR), and City First Enterprises (City First) are pleased to announce the appointment of Ginger Rumph as founding executive director of the DCLT. The DCLT is a community-based initiative to establish a large-scale land trust in Southeast, Washington, D.C. with the intent to preserve and increase affordable housing and prevent displacement.

Douglass Community Land Trust Executive Director Press Release.pdf 


Building Bridges Across the River Provides Healthy Food to Ward 8 Families

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.

CSA Press Release


2018 Anacostia River Festival

Thursday, March 1, 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. This year we are throwing a birthday bash for the 100th Anniversary of Anacostia Park by celebrating the “Year of the Anacostia!” Held in Anacostia Park, this FREE event will encourage District residents and visitors from across the region to explore communities and parks east of the river. In 2017, the Anacostia River Festival attracted nearly 10,000 participants.

2018 ARF Press Release Updated.pdf


City First Enterprises and 11th Street Bridge Park Receive $250,000 Investment from JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

JPMorgan Chase & Co has invested $250,000 in City First Enterprises and 11th Street Bridge Park to create a Community Land Trust for communities in Wards 8 and 6, a key recommendation of the Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan.


District of Dance: A D.C. Rhythm & Blues Celebration

Monday, February 13, 2017

On February 26, Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative and the 11th Street Bridge Park will host District of Dance: A D.C. Rhythm & Blues Celebration inspired by the rhythm & blues history of Washington, D.C. from the 50s, 60s and early 70s. Held at Anacostia High School from 3 pm to 8 pm, this FREE event will feature live performances, hand dance lessons and panel discussions.

D.C. R&B Celebration PR.pdf


2017 Anacostia River Festival

Monday, February 13, 2017

The National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the third annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year’s program will have a special focus on biking in the District and will celebrate the new extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to Bladensburg, MD. Held in Anacostia Park, this FREE event will encourage District residents and visitors alike to explore communities and parks east of the river. In 2016, the Anacostia River Festival attracted nearly 8,000 participants to Anacostia Park.

2017 ARF Press Release.pdf


The 11th Street Bridge Park and ARCH Development Corporation Partner to Explore East of the River Housing Issues and Solutions

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The 11th Street Bridge Park and ARCH Development Corporation are partnering to examine critical affordable housing issues in two FREE public programs at the Anacostia Arts Center.  These events complement the “Better Homes and Gardens” exhibition on view at the Anacostia Arts Center’s Vivid Solutions Gallery and the 11th Street Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Plan. Over the course of 8-weeks, Becky Borlan will transform Vivid Solutions into a whimsical urban jungle. The space will be filled with larger-than-life plant structures juxtaposed against tiny, hand-sized wax houses. Exhibition runs through November 18.  And throughout 2016, the 11th Street Bridge Park has been implementing its Equitable Development Plant, an effort to ensure that nearby residents can continuously benefit from the future civic space.

Fall 2016 Bridge Park and Arch Programming Media Advisory.pdf


2016 Lantern Walk

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The 11th Street Bridge Park and Washington Performing Arts present the Lantern Walk, a commemorative community event inspired by the story of African-American families who built their homes in the historic Barry Farm/Hillsdale neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River by candlelight after returning home from a long day’s work.  Participants of this free event will begin in The Yards Park, continuing down the river walk trail in front of the Navy Yard, crossing the 11th Street Bridge and ending at the Anacostia Arts Center. Partners including ArtReach at THEARC, The Phillips Collection and the Ward 8 Arts & Culture Council will lead workshops in the weeks preceding the event for participants to construct their own lanterns.

Lantern Walk PR.pdf


11th Street Bridge Park and the Anacostia Watershed Society Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grants

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The 11th Street Bridge Park and the Anacostia Watershed Society are thrilled to announce that both organizations have received National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants as part of the Art Works category.

2016 NEA Grant.pdf


2016 Anacostia River Festival

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Celebrate the Anacostia River, Anacostia Park and the National Park Service’s 2016 Centennial celebration.

2016 Anacostia River Festival Press Release


11th Street Bridge Park Releases Equitable Development Plan

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

As part of a year-long community-led effort, the 11th Street Bridge Park releases an Equitable Development Plan, an effort to ensure the future 11th Street Bridge Park can serve as an anchor for inclusive development.


11th Street Bridge Park Receives $1.2 Million Grant from the Kresge Foundation

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The 11th  Street Bridge Park, a project of the Ward 8-based non-profit Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC, received a  $1.2 million grant from the Kresge Foundation, one of the country’s leading philanthropic organizations. The Kresge Foundation works to expand opportunities in disadvantaged and underserved communities by investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development.

Kresge Grant PR.pdf


Community Shapes 11th Street Bridge Park Equitable Development Plan

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In an effort to ensure the future 11th Street Bridge Park can serve as an anchor for inclusive development, we have posted a draft list of actionable recommendations as part of a year-long “Equitable Development Task Force.”

Equitable Development Plan Press Release.pdf


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Exhibits the 11th Street Bridge Park Mural

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center will exhibit the 11th Street Bridge Park Mural, a giant 55 foot artwork created by local teen artists from both sides of the Anacostia River.

Mural Project Press Release -TCMA.pdf


11th Street Bridge Park Mural Project: Creating a Healthy City

Monday, August 3, 2015

Mural Project Press Release.pdf


11th Street Bridge Park and Washington Performing Arts Receive ArtPlace America Award

Monday, July 13, 2015

11th Street Bridge Park and Washington Performing Arts have received an award of $250,000 from ArtPlace America, to support community-driven East of the River arts programming and the continued work of transforming an old freeway into a new civic space over the Anacostia River.

ArtPlace PR.pdf


June 27 Equitable Development Community Meetings

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The 11th Street Bridge Park will work with the community to help ensure this new civic space will become a driver of inclusive development through two public meetings on Saturday June 27. The meetings are part of Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Task Force, which was created to develop a series of programs and policies to encourage equitable development in the neighborhoods surrounding the park.

June 27 Release.pdf


11th Street Bridge Park Creates Equitable Development Task Force

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ensuring the new 11th Street Bridge Park will be a driver of inclusive development, we have established an Equitable Development Task Force to provide opportunities for all residents in neighborhoods surrounding the Bridge Park regardless of income and demography.

11th Street Bridge Park Creates Equitable Development Task Force_PressRelease.pdf


2015 Anacostia River Festival

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

This free first-ever Anacostia River Festival will celebrate the history, ecology and communities along the banks of the Anacostia River. The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the event, which will offer free kayaking and canoeing, musical performances, fishing and water filtration workshops, live birds of prey demonstration, a photography exhibition and a bike parade. The Anacostia River Festival is a premier event and official closing of the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

First Annual Anacostia River Festival.pdf


11th Street Bridge Park Announces Selected Design Team OMA + OLIN

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The 11th Street Bridge Park is thrilled to announce the selection of OMA + OLIN as the selected design team for Washington D.C.’s first elevated park over the Anacostia River.

11th Street Bridge Park Announces Selected Design.pdf


National Design Competition Update – Final Four Teams Selected

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

As part of an extraordinary nationwide design competition, the 11th Street Bridge Park is excited to announce four nationally recognized design teams have been selected to envision Washington D.C.’s first elevated public park on the foundation an old freeway bridge spanning the Anacostia River.

11th Street Bridge Park Design Competition Phase 3 Press Release.docx


11th Street Bridge park Jury Invites 6 Design Teams to Competition’s Phase 2

Friday, May 2, 2014

The 11th Street Bridge Park’s Jury of national experts selected six teams made up of landscape architects and architects to form interdisciplinary teams for Phase 2 of the design competition.

11th Street Bridge Park Design Competition Phase 1 Press Release.docx


11th Street Bridge Park Announces Design Competition

Tuesday, March 12, 2014

Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC in collaboration with the D.C. Office of Planning launches a nation-wide design competition to create the 11th Street Bridge Park, transforming an old freeway bridge into a new civic space over the Anacostia River. As the old 11th Street river bridges that connect Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods have been replaced, this aged infrastructure will be transformed into the city’s first elevated park: a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education and the arts.

11th Street Bridge Park Design Competition Press Release.docx


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