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Eastbank Esplanade, Portland

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The Eastbank Esplanade is a pedestrian and bicycle path along the east shore of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, United States. Running through the Kerns, Buckman, and Hosford-Abernethy neighborhoods, it was conceived as an urban renewal project to rebuild the Interstate 5 bicycle bypass washed out by the Willamette Valley Flood of 1996. It was renamed for former Portland mayor Vera Katz in November 2004 and features a statue of her near the Hawthorne Bridge.
The project, designed by landscape architects Mayer/Reed, cost $30 million, of which $10 million built a lower deck on the Steel Bridge. Construction began in October 1998, and the walkway was dedicated in May 2001.
The esplanade extends 1.5mi from the Steel Bridge to the Hawthorne Bridge. The south end connects to the Springwater Corridor, a rail trail that runs south to Sellwood, then east to Gresham, then south to Boring. The esplanade includes a 1200ft floating walkway, the longest of its kind in the United States. Connected to this is a 120ft public dock. Thirteen markers along the esplanade correspond to the eastside street grid. To find out how to plan a trip to Portland, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • The (former mayor) Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade is a path along the east side of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. This path is used by both pedestrians and cyclists, and borders the... 
    The (former mayor) Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade is a path along the east side of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. This path is used by both pedestrians and cyclists, and borders the...  more »
  • Perfect for bikes or foot. There is bridge noise from cars etc. but you are in the very heart of the city just a few feet above the water. 
    Perfect for bikes or foot. There is bridge noise from cars etc. but you are in the very heart of the city just a few feet above the water.  more »
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  • The breeze off of the river makes this a great spot for a stroll on a hot summer day. Beautiful views of downtown. Lots of photo opportunities.
  • It's a nice spot in the day time. My boyfriend and his friends love to skate in the big parking lot in front of the fire station. At night though it's pretty creepy. I wouldn't recommend parking your car down there or walking around by yourself. Just my personal opinion.

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