Join us for a day of events to celebrate bike/pedestrian improvements on Swan Island!
Bikers Breakfast at TILT: Bike in and enjoy complementary coffee and breakfast at SwanIsland’s newest eatery; 7-9am, 3449 N. Anchor Street.
Dedication of “The Captain’s Walk”: Join us to dedicate the new Channel Avenue sidewalk to the Shipyards in honor of Captain R. Head, Master of the Olendorff, who was killed while walking along N. Channel Avenue; 11am-1pm, McCarthy Park parking lot between N Ballast & Commerce. *Look for tent and banners. Light snacks and refreshments. Followed by…
Celebration and Grand Opening of “River to Lagoon Trail” (Led bike/walk tours): Take an easy stroll or bike ride to the Lagoon, once the main channel of the Willamette River; 11am-1pm.
Industry & Art: Celebrating the worker: Just down “The Captain’s Walk” at Vigor Industrial Shipyard; Noon to 6pm, 5555 N. Channel Avenue. Free with $5 suggested donation.
2012 will be the first full year in Portland’s history that we are not using the Willamette River as a default sewer. Completing the CSO Program last month should dramatically alter the way Portlanders view our river and interact with it.The Bureau of Environmental Services not only came under budget but met its December 2011 deadline to complete the 20-year program to control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Willamette River and Columbia Slough. An Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) order, originally issued in 1991 and amended in 1994, required the city to control CSOs by December 1, 2011. Completing the CSO program reduces stormwater overflow events from an average of 50 per year to an average of four each winter, and just one every third
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) began survey and preliminary work on the new Waud Bluff Trail in North Portland during late September 2011. Construction efforts on this long-anticipated project are now ramping up. PP&R invited the media and public to a construction kickoff celebration on Tuesday, November 15 at 3:30pm.
Speakers at the event included City Parks Commissioner Nick Fish; Meeky Blizzard, aide to Congressman Earl Blumenauer; Lenny Anderson, Executive Director of the Swan Island Business Association; and Francie Royce of npGreenway.
The project’s location is on North Willamette Boulevard and North Harvard Street, near the southeast corner of the University of Portland where a steep bluff rises over Swan Island. Colf Construction has been contracted to complete the project. Work is scheduled to be finished in late summer/early fall 2012.
This highly beneficial project will provide a vital link between North Willamette Boulevard and Swan Island and its numerous businesses. Upon the project’s completion, commuters and other trail users Continue reading