11th Street Bridge Park Lands 1st Seven Figure Donation

11th Street Bridge Park Lands 1st Seven Figure Donation

As reported by Washington Business Jornal:


The 11th Street Bridge Park, which aims to connect neighborhoods east and west of the Anacostia River with an elevated park on an unused bridge, received a $1.2 million grant Tuesday.

The grant, which comes from the Kresge Foundation, brings the total capital campaign funds raised for the park to more than $11 million. The nonprofit spearheading the project hopes to raise $45 million. More than $8.3 million of that will come from the District.

The group's fundraising campaign is on track, according to Scott Kratz, executive director of the 11th Street Bridge Park project. The park is under the purview of Building Bridges Across the River.

The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line that's no longer used.Pre-construction work is underway and construction is expected to begin in 2017. Building Bridges plans to have at least $27 million in donations or pledges before beginning construction.

The $1.2 million Kresge grant will fund a range of efforts to help the park gain momentum before it opens, Kratz said this week. That includes pop-up gardens on either side of the river in both Ward 6 and Ward 8, as a precursor to the gardens that will be included in the actual park when it is completed. The group may pilot a “hammock grove” on the east side of the bridge as a pilot for a possible permanent hammock area in the bridge park.

Organizers are also planning to bring back theAnacostia River Festival in 2016, the Cherry Blossom Festival-affiliated event that served as the official closing event of the popular spring festival in D.C.

More than 6,000 people attended the festival in April, which Kratz and his team considered a huge success, he said. Bloomberg will again be a title sponsor for the Anacostia River Festival, which will be held April 17, 2016.



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