Photo courtesy of Jonathan Maus/BikePortland
It’s official. The Waud Bluff Trail is ready for wheels, feet, families, workers squirrels…you name it. Ask Lenny Anderson, Executive Director of the Swan Island Business Association, founder of the Swan Island TMA and charter board member of npGreenway, “Why a Waud Bluff Trail?” and this is what you’ll get:
“Over 3,000 people work within five minutes of the lower trail head on Swan Island…Western Star Truck Plant, the UPS hub, US Coast Guard, Navy and Marines. Access to those jobs just got a lot better via transit (TriMet 44), on foot for those you live nearby and by bike.
I am sure when I lug my 50lb rig up the stairs for the first time I’ll bellyache like a lot of you, but I’m confident that the men and women who are Continue reading
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.
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