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You’re Invited: Willamette River Central Reach Workshop

Two kayaks paddling Willamette River

What’s not to love about the Willamette River, especially in the Central City? Now you can help ensure it continues to be a community treasure for years to come. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability invites you to a two-day open workshop on December 4 and 5 to build on work that has already been done and discuss questions such as:

  • How can we build a robust river economy?
  • How can we incorporate natural resource enhancements that benefit river health and wildlife?
  • How can we create waterfront neighborhoods that capitalize on their riverfront location?
  • And more…

Central City map boundariesCentral Reach Workshop
December 4-5, 2013
1900 SW 4th Ave, 7th floor

Day One: Early morning, mid-day and late-afternoon public discussions, along with drop-in times between sessions, on:

  • a robust river economy.
  • a healthy river for fish, wildlife and people
  • vibrant riverfront districts

Day Two: Late afternoon open house and evening facilitated public conversation integrating all river-related topics. For those new to Central City planning, there will be an opportunity to learn more about the CC2035 projects and planning processes.

Agenda and discussion questions will be posted on this blog prior to the workshop.

Willamette River Central Reach

This event kicks-off the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s forming of a Central Reach Working Group (CRWG) to update the Willamette Greenway Plan for the Central Reach of the Willamette River, along with the update of the Central City Plan. The Central City 2035 (CC2035) plan is being developed by quadrant: the North/Northeast Quadrant Plan is complete, and the West Quadrant Plan and the Southeast Quadrant Plan are currently under development. These three quadrant plans — and the update of the Willamette Greenway Plan — will be incorporated into an overarching plan for the future of Central City. To learn more about CC2035, please visit

This open-membership group will convene periodically for river-focused discussions, which will holistically consider the river across quadrants and subdistricts, and provide suggestions that inform the larger CC2035 planning efforts, including updates to the Willamette Greenway Plan and code.

Anyone (including property owners) who are interested and have expertise in the following topics are especially encouraged to participate in the CRWG:

  • Water-based recreation and activities.
  • Access to and along the river.
  • Fish and wildlife habitat.
  • River commerce.
  • River transit and associated infrastructure.
  • New development and uses close to the river.
  • Educational and cultural opportunities.

For more information on the CRWG and the December 4-5 workshop, please contact Debbie Bischoff at or 503-823-6946.