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Scott Krantz Explained the 11th Street Bridge Park

March 15, 2019 5:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Scott Krantz (Director and Vice President, Building Bridges Across the River, 11th Street Bridge Park) spoke on the creation of the 11th Street Bridge Park which will be Washington, DC's first elevated park and span the Anacostia River. The park will connect the communities on either side of the river, Wards 6 & 8. These communities are already helping to create the park by providing input into the typpes of amenities that should be available. The park will include an environmental center, intergenerational play space, a kayak & canoe launch, public space for walking, sitting, urban agriculture and a cafe/restaurant.

The communities will be able to access the park by foot, bike, bus, or car. It will also be ADA compliant. Security issues are being addressed with a working relationship with the Metropolitan Police Department. Citing Jacques Cousteau, "We protect what we love," the hope is that people will feel ownership of the space. People hired to work at the park will be 50% from east and 50% from west of the river.

Construction will begin in 2021, with completion expected by 2023.

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