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Check Out the Design for DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park Project

The design would give Washington something like New York's High Line.

The winning design for one of Washington’s most ambitious public-space projects ever envisions an amphitheater, farm plots, playgrounds, and fountains—all suspended over the Anacostia River. The organizers behind the 11th Street Bridge Park, which is intended to replace the old Anacostia-spanning bridge with green space, are going with a plan submitted by an architecture team from Philadelphia-based Olin Studio and the Dutch firm OMA.

The Olin-OMA design beat out three other finalists for the $40 million project, which aims to turn an abandoned piece of infrastructure into a sweeping, aerial park, much like New York City’s High Line Park. The original bridge that connects Anacostia with the rest of DC was recently replaced, leaving a 49-year-old roadway primed for repurposing.

In their design, Olin and OMA envision a river-crossing park that includes a café, multi-leveled terraces and balconies, bike paths, and “interactive” art exhibits focusing on Frederick Douglass. There are also plans for water features like rain gardens and waterfalls, a boat launch, and even an urban farming zone.

Funding for the planned park comes from a public-private partnership, with the District government chipping in $14.5 million, according to the park’s organizers. See a few more renderings below.

The café would be built into one of the park’s decks.
The new 11th Street Bridges were built between 2009 and 2012.
OMA and Olin’s designs suggest a park with several levels.
Another aerial view.
Water access, including a boat launch.
Playground of the future.

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.