Bridge Park

Bridge Park


As finalists in the 11th Street Bridge Park Competition in Washington, DC, Cooper Robertson and Balmori Associates developed a concept that functions as much as a civic center as it does as a park. The clasped shape of the bridge platform, its iconic structural arches, and the physical connections it makes to both neighborhoods creates a place that is inclusive, memorable, and symbolic.

Bridge Park’s continuous thread reaches deep into the diverse neighborhoods on both sides of the river, bridging existing gaps between the River and two main streets and encouraging additional development. The iconic structure of the bridge “walks” from bank to bank across the existing piers, evoking the power of Frederick Douglass’ daily ritual and the freedom and triumph his story represents. “The Clasp” at the center of the bridge creates a grand place where the community can come together and celebrate common interests.



11th Street Bridge Park

Washington, DC
Completion Date
Construction Cost
$25 million, est.
  • Balmori Associates Landscape

  • City Activators Programming
    and Events

  • Fisher Marantz Stone Lighting

  • Guy Nordenson Associates Structural

  • Johnson Mirmiran & Thompson Outreach, Civil /
    Environmental /
    Marine Engineers

  • Jones Lang LaSalle Market Advisor

  • Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD Sociologist