(June 17, 2016) – From June 17 to 20, Better Naito will not only provide a safe place to travel for the thousands of people per day attending Portland’s Pride Festival but also a community place to leave messages of love and support for Portland’s LGBTQ community.
People traveling on Better Naito between June 17-20 will notice a new addition to the mile-long temporary street transformation as part of Portland Pride. Using doors donated by the Rebuilding Center, PBOT and Pride NW have constructed an almost-200 foot long installation in Waterfront Park at SW Naito Parkway and Pine Street for people to express their pride and support for the city’s LGBTQ community. People attending the Pride Festival, the Portland Pride Parade or other events downtown are invited to visit the Doors of Love and leave a message using writing materials provided by SCRAP.
Over 80 doors have been installed in Waterfront Park at SW Naito Parkway and Pine Street. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.
The installation, located at the entrance to the Portland Pride Festival, will be accessible to the public throughout the weekend. On Monday afternoon, June 20, it will be relocated to Portland City Hall as an exhibition open to the public.
"The Pride Northwest family has been moved and honored by the support we have received, both before and since the events of last weekend. The intent of Doors of Love is to invite our community to express their Pride, in whatever way they wish, using this platform. Thank you to the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Rebuilding Center for helping to make this happen and for their support of Pride and the LGBTQ community," said Debra Porta of Pride Northwest.
"Doors of Love will give Portlanders the opportunity to illustrate their support for LGBTQ communities across the country during this difficult time,” said Mayor Charlie Hales. “And Portland will hold our LGBTQ friends, family, neighbors and colleagues especially close. It’s the Portland way."
"I’m proud our City can play a role using our public space to express our values and support of LGBTQ brothers and sisters," said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick.
Said Transportation Director Leah Treat, "Doors of Love and Better Naito illustrate once again that streets are for people. This installation is a heartwarming example of how Portland’s streets help us connect and celebrate our communities."
Children show their support for the LGBTQ community by signing the Doors of Love. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.
The Better Naito Pilot Project, a partnership between Better Block PDX and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, creates a safe way for people to get to and around Portland’s summer of festivals at Waterfront Park. The project was first piloted in June 2015 during the two weeks of Rose Festival City Fair and returned for the Oregon Brewers Festival the same year.
This year’s iteration of Better Naito opens one northbound motor vehicle lane of SW Naito Parkway to a two-way walking and biking facility nearly a mile long and is the largest temporary street transformation to take place in America in both its size and duration.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has granted Community Event Permits to the festivals and events taking place at Waterfront Park. The organizations are implementing placemaking features along the Better Naito corridor and creating a physically separated space for people walking and biking in order to help everyone safely and comfortably access the waterfront.
More information on Better Naito can be found at www.betternaito.com.
About the Portland Bureau of Transportation:
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation
About Pride Northwest:
The Portland Pride festival is the single, largest visibility avenue for the region’s LGBTQ community organizations and businesses, where they can attract new supporters and clients, increase their volunteer base, and raise much needed funds. In addition, the festival attracts thousands of visitors to Portland each year, bringing significant revenue to the local LGBTQ business community and to the city, as a whole. www.pridenw.org
About the Rebuilding Center:
The Rebuilding Center offers affordable used building and remodeling materials with the goal of promoting the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials — a non-profit resource to strengthen environmental, economic and social fabric of local communities. www.rebuildingcenter.org
SCRAP PDX is a donation-based creative reuse store and donation center in Southwest Portland. Along with the ever-changing and diverse store items, SCRAP also provides a range of educational opportunities within the community and hosts local reuse-based artists in their Re:Boutique. scrappdx.org