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Swimming, boating and habitat restoration in Willamette River get big lift

City Council endorses plan for Eastbank Crescent and study of potential swimming beaches in the Central City.

Last week, City Council approved two inter-related planning reports: the Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan and the Central City Potential Beach Sites Study. This work came out of the Central City 2035 planning process, during which the public requested:

  • Improved fish and wildlife habitat.
  • More public access to/into the river for swimming and boating.

In many cases in the Central City, these objectives can only be met in the same shallow water locations.

Read more about the Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan and the Central City Potential Beach Sites Study.

Enthusiastic crowd shows support

On Wednesday, June 7, Council chambers were full of enthusiastic community members who supported the studies and want to see the improvements in the Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan come to life. Notably …

  • Some community members who are concerned about natural resources in the Central City praised the shallow water habitat improvements in the plan.
  • Others supported boating improvements, including a new Holman Dock in the Central Eastside.
  • They also spoke about a new community boathouse near the dock. 
  • River swimmers want to see safety features like safety rings along the riverfront and new places for summer river swimming.
  • The final testifier asked to “swim with salmon,” supporting both swimming and habitat improvements, which especially resonated with Mayor Wheeler.

Council Action

Council adopted one resolution for each planning effort, with one amendment to the Eastbank Crescent Riverfront Plan resolution directing staff to work with the Portland Boathouse organization on boating facilities.

Council asked staff to return in the fall with recommended next steps and a funding request for City Council’s consideration, to begin plan implementation.

City Council Adopts Willamette River Greenway Inventory

Updated resource for planners and public now available for use

On Oct. 22, 2014, the Portland City Council adopted updated information about land uses, ownership, natural resources, recreation, and historic and cultural resources within the Willamette River Greenway. The document is a resource for planners, river stakeholders and the public to use, along with other information, in current and future river planning.

Adopted Greenway Inventory

This inventory describes existing conditions within the greenway overlay zone boundary and updates the state-required Goal 15 inventory completed in 1987.

Willamette River Greenway Inventory Maps Trails, Floodplains, Historic Sites, Land Uses and More

Report will inform future planning along the river

Updated information about land uses, ownership, natural resources, recreation, and historic and cultural resources within the Willamette River Greenway Proposed Draft is now available for the public to review. The inventory describes existing conditions within the greenway overlay zone boundary. It updates the State-required Goal 15 inventory completed in 1987. The greenway inventory does not propose any changes to rules or regulations.

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Open Houses
Learn more about the Willamette Greenway Goal 15 Inventory Report at two upcoming open houses:

  • Monday, May 19, 4 - 7 p.m.
    1900 SW 4th Ave Lobby

  • Thursday, May 29, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave

Planning and Sustainability Commission
Community members are invited to comment on the Willamette Greenway Goal 15 Inventory Report at a public hearing on June 24:

For more information, contact Debbie Bischoff at debbie.bischoff@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-6946.