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1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204


1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

Allan Schmidt,


Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong, Community Outreach & Involvment Program Manager


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South Waterfront Greenway - North Reach

Design Options

Portland's South Waterfront is one of the newest, most anticipated communities in the City. The South Waterfront Greenway, Central District, was completed in 2015 and included separated bike and pedestrian trails, overlooks, art, and habitat restoration. The current design options are based on information from the initial community survey (173 responses) and feedback from the Project Advisory Committee and other community stakeholders.

Design Options  - As presented at the public meeting held on February 7, 2017.

The Willamette Greenway Trail is an important resource to our region and a unique opportunity to connect to the river.

Once complete, the South Waterfront section of the Willamette Greenway Trail will connect bikers and walkers south to John’s Landing and Sellwood.
To the north, the trail will connect to Portland’s downtown, bridges to the Central Eastside, and other connections north and east. This section is another critical link, which creates bike and pedestrian connectivity within the system.

The planning for this project is being done in tandem with ZRZ Realty (Zidell), the Portland Development Commission, Portland Bureau of Transportation, and the Oregon Health Science University. The Zidell Family has operated a business on this site for nearly 90 years. Beginning in 2011, ZRZ performed a $20 million clean-up which included 3,000 linear feet of riverbank restoration from top of bank to the river’s edge. The restoration work was based on the 2004 Greenway Development Plan. It calls for the creation of an urban community and the desire to create habitat along the Willamette River.

The Zidell Property Master Plan will include preliminary design of the North Reach of the South Waterfront Greenway with the goal of carefully and creatively transforming Zidell’s 33-acres into a project that all Portlanders view as special. Additionally, using information from the public, the size and location of future parks will be determined! In this phase of the project we will work with the community, businesses and other stakeholders to further refine the next section of trail.

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