Now that school's out for the summer, you'll need to find fun trips and outdoor activities for your kids to enjoy.
What about a car-free trip to Washington Park using the free shuttle? This summer, you can leave your car at home, hop on the MAX, and let the free Washington Park shuttle do the driving for you.
Adventure-ready little ones, no driving distractions for mom, and a park full of adventure...what else could a busy parent ask for?
Building Earthquake-Ready Infrastructure at Washington Park
As a public utility, we work hard to ensure that water keeps flowing to homes and businesses every day. Part of this involves keeping an eye on the future water needs of Portlanders. Whether we’re planning for earthquake safety, climate change, or future water quality needs, we’re working to ensure that today and tomorrow’s water supply is safe from natural disasters or other potential threats to public health.
To help us meet these planning goals, we’re undertaking the Washington Park Reservoir Improvement Project.
For the next seven years, Water Bureau contractors will be building a new, 12.3-million below-ground reservoir at Washington Park. But this just any run-of-the-mill reservoir. That’s because the new reservoir will be engineered to withstand the potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake, which means Portlanders’ water system will be stronger and more prepared when the “Big One” hits.
While We Work, Let the Shuttle Do the Driving
When complete, the new reservoir will supply water to Portland’s west side and serve more than 360,000 people, including all downtown businesses and residents, 20 schools, and three hospitals. That’s a lot of people! And, as with any major construction project, several streets are closed and parking spaces will be temporarily unavailable through March 2018. We hope you’ll agree that such improvements are a small price to pay to ensure our system—and the people served by it—will be protected ion the future.
Even so, getting to or around the park doesn’t have to be a hassle!
A free shuttle is running 7-days-a-week with nine stops throughout the park during the summer season. Stops include popular attractions like the International Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum Visitors Center, and the Washington Park MAX station.
The shuttle can be easily accessed just a hop and a skip away from the station’s elevators.
See Where the Shuttle Can Take You
We’ve invited the media to join us for a ride on the shuttle this Tuesday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. And you’re invited come along with Facebook Live to get an up-close look at how the shuttle works and the places it can take you.
When: Tuesday, June 20
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Where: The Portland Water Bureau Facebook page
We’ll be broadcasting our shuttle trip on Facebook Live starting at 10:30 a.m.
Head over to Facebook, “like” our page, and you’ll be notified when our live event starts.
See you there!