UPDATED APRIL 3, 2017
(Portland, OR) –
The floating portion of the Eastbank Esplanade is now reopen for use by cyclists, walkers, runners, and all other visitors. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) staff have continuously assessed the walkway, which can rise to an unsafe angle during periods of extremely high water on the Willamette River, since the time the Bureau had to close it on March 25, 2017. Today staff determined the path can be reopened, and took down safety fences at around 11:30am.
PP&R may have to close this section of the popular path once again if the river rises to an unsuitably high angle again, due to more rain, snowmelt, or other conditions wrought by Mother Nature.
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POSTED MARCH 25, 2017
(Portland, OR) -
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is temporarily closing the floating portion of the Eastbank Esplanade due to extremely high Willamette River water levels. PP&R has been carefully monitoring this section of the popular riverside trail, located on the east side of the Willamette, over the past few days. During periods of very high water, when the river reaches approximately 17.5 feet, the ramps rise to an angle determined to be potentially unsafe for people on bikes, on foot, and for those using mobility devices. This situation has occurred in the past during rare, extremely high river elevations (most recently in May of 2011).
The floating section of the Esplanade is tethered to the solid riverbank between the Steel Bridge to the north and past the Burnside Bridge to the south. Staff are installing warning signs (attached) to notify cyclists, runners and walkers. Signs will be located on the Esplanade, both ahead of the impacted areas and at the points of closure.
The closure will remain in effect for an undetermined length of time - until river conditions allow for safe travel on the impacted section of walkway.. Staff are monitoring conditions regularly and will reopen the area as soon as it is determined to be safe. Commuters, walkers, cyclists, etc., should use street alternatives.