THEARC Hosts Final Presentation of the 11th Street Recreational Bridge Concept Designs Created by Local Teens.

By East City Art Editorial Team on July 25, 2012
Looking North to Capitol Hill, Artist Ed Estes’ vision of what the intersection of Good Hope RD SE and Martin Luther King Avenue SE could look like with the new 11th Street Art-Rec Bridge towers in the distance.  Illustration courtesy of Ed Estes for the DC Office of Planning.


Event: Friday, July 27 from 3pm to 4:30 pm


THEARC will host a final presentation of the 11th Street Recreational Bridge concept envisioned by Local Teens.  Both an artistic and recreation component will be presented at this time.

Teens from the District’s Summer Youth Employment Program are helping to transform an aged-out freeway bridge into a recreation destination high above the Anacostia River.  Read the original East City Art piece here.  The DC Office of Planning, working with THEARC, has tasked 20 teens to create their own concepts for an 11th Street Recreation Bridge.  These concepts will be used by the Office of Planning to inform planning decisions for youth activities and programs on the potential 11th Street Recreation Bridge.

The old 11th Street Bridges that connect southeast DC with communities east of the river have reached the end of their lifespan, and replacement bridges are now under construction. Read the original East City Art article about the 11th Street Arts and Recreation bridge here.

The DC Office of Planning along with several District agencies is exploring the idea to use the base of one of the bridges to create a park for active recreation, arts and environmental education connecting the communities of Ward 6, 7, and 8 including Capitol Riverfront, Historic Anacostia, Fairlawn, and Capitol Hill.

Teens will create their own design ideas and programming concepts for transforming the old 11th Street bridge into a premier recreation destination.  They researched ideas and activities for the bridge, studied bridge construction and design, interviewed and surveyed residents, and discussed plans with District officials from the District Department of Transportation, Department of Health, and the District Department of Environment.

The Final Presentation will be held at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE in Congress Heights.