Join PACDC and Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) for a day of learning and exchange around the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8. As Philadelphia prepares for historic investments in public spaces across the city, let’s learn how one organization is leading with equity in the city’s development of this new public park. The day will include an introduction to BBAR and a tour of their main campus, the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). We will also learn from Bridge Park staff about the creation and implementation of their Equitable Development Plan and their community design process. The day will conclude with a tour of the Bridge Park site, and of course, lunch!
We will leave from the corner of Broad St. and Walnut at 8:45 a.m.
Cost (Includes transportation and lunch)
- PACDC Members: $59
- Non-Members: $89
The 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Ward 8 based nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River, will be Washington, D.C.’s first elevated public park located on the piers of the old 11th Street Bridge spanning the Anacostia River: a new venue for healthy recreation; environmental education and the arts. After a seven-month design competition, the design team of OMA+OLIN was selected in October 2014. With the ongoing capital campaign securing more than $15 million to date, the Bridge Park draws on an extensive community outreach and consultative process, anchored by more than 1,000 stakeholder meetings for design development and impact. Pre-construction began in 2016 and the park is expected to open by late 2023. Learn more at bridgepark.org
Building Bridges Across the River’s (BBAR) mission is to improve the quality of life for families living east of the Anacostia River by providing leadership, management & fiscal oversight of the 11th Street Bridge Park (Bridge Park), Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), THEARC Farm, THEARC Theater & Skyland Workforce Center. Through these projects, BBAR utilizes a multi-sector approach to address significant social, health, environmental & economic disparities that exist in DC. Learn more about THEARC at thearcdc.org