The new donation has been made by Exelon and its local energy companies Pepco and Constellation. It is in support of efforts by non-profit Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) to create a park on the piers of the former 11th Street Bridge spanning the Anacostia River.

Washington DC’s first elevated public park will connect communities and provide a new venue for recreation, environmental education and the arts.

The US$5 million commitment from Exelon, Pepco and Constellation means that BBAR has now secured over US$111 million towards its US$139 million capital campaign goal. Exelon, Pepco and Constellation’s donation will support the creation of the park’s environmental education centre.

Design for the 11th Street Bridge Park began in October 2014 after a seven-month competition that resulted in the selection of the design team of OMA and OLIN. Pre-construction began in 2016 and the park is expected to open by 2023.