11th Street Bridge Park
November 14, 2017
The 11th Street Bridge Park is being built on the pillars of the old bridge crossing the Anacostia River, connecting the neighborhoods of Anacostia on the east side of the river and Capitol Hill on the west. A project of the nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River and designed by OMA+OLIN, the Bridge Park is envisioned as a community space that will support recreation, economic development, environmental education, and the arts.
Vaughn Perry, equitable development manager for the 11th Street Bridge Park, discussed the Bridge Park and the Equitable Development Plan, which was developed through a community-led process and is a serving as a guide to ensure that the park’s development drives inclusive growth that results in opportunities for all residents.
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Vaughn Perry is the equitable development manager for the 111th Street Bridge Park. A D.C. native, Perry has been a resident and homeowner in Ward 8 for over 16 years. His research interests focus on ecojustice pedagogies, community engagement, and green job/skill development. Previously, Perry worked for the Anacostia Watershed Society, where he led the National Capital Region–Watershed Stewards Academy providing community leaders with the resources to serve as a point in their community on stormwater issues. Perry holds a bachelor’s degree in IT from Strayer University and a master’s degree in Project Management from George Washington University.