DC's High Line to Clean River Water

New Elevated Park Straddling the River Plans to Filter the Dirty Water

The Anacostia River that runs through Washington DC has historically been known as, well, not the cleanest river in the country. A new elevated park straddling the river plans to filter the dirty water with a waterfall feature (apparently projected with Frederick Douglass's face). It's the winning design announced  for the city's upcoming elevated park.

Of the four finalist ideas proposed for DC's new 11th Street Bridge Park, this isn't even the wackiest of the ideas, but it's certainly a very pretty and smart plan. Architects at OLIN and OMA collaborated on the X-shaped park that doubles the surface area of the bridge by adding upper and lower levels that intersect at the center.

This single park seems to pack pretty much every buzzy public space feature into one proposal: an urban farm, kayak rental, wacky public art. But there are some truly innovative and intriguing-sounding additions. The gently sloping lawns planned for each ramp are simply perfect for the public performance areas. And a hammock grove that includes large climbing nets that allow people to sit out over the river—well, that just sounds lovely.

Source: Gizmodo

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