11th Street Recreation Bridge proposal as another indicator of the need to update and extend the Anacostia Waterfront Plan (& upgrade parks planning)
In response to the news from Washcycle that DC is considering converting one of the spans of the soon-to-be-replaced 11th Street bridges into a signature park, at GGW, Dan Malouff makes a good point in the entry "11th street "recreation bridge" would be tough to make work," that the concept as proposed by the DC Office of Planning will fail if not properly executed and programmed.
I think that the idea makes sense because it can actually integrate the north and sides of the river, whereas now most of the exciting activity, like Ballpark, or The Wharf development in Southwest DC, is on the north side.
But obviously, it's time to update the complete Anacostia Waterfront Plan, with a special focus on capturing the opportunities present on the south side of the river (people generally refer to this as "east of the river" but it's both east and south, especially in the Ballpark area), in particular Poplar Point, a large parcel with tremendous opportunity, as discussed in past entries, "Thinking really really really big for Poplar Point's park," "Navy Pier Revitalization Plans, Chicago," and "New Years post #7: Anacostia and sustainable economic development and revitalization."
It's also an opportunity for DC to do a signature park comparable to the Millennium Park in Chicago or the High Line in New York City. Even though too many communities are looking at "how they can do a High Line," and not how to address placemaking in a more comprehensive fashion (see this past blog entry, "Step up and vision an interconnected public realm").