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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.
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  • I walk my dog here all the time. Great walk and water watching...relaxing great walk, when you go in the morning. Watch out for bikes and runners . They are mostly good! Homeless issues vary from week...  more »
  • This is where we placed our first lock of love. It's a fast growing trend of placing a lock on a bridge symbolizing not only your being their but your live for your partner, adventure and the city. So...  more »
  • Great place to take an afternoon walk with a friend. Good option to get some exercise and people watch.  more »
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  • This park really creates a unique experience for walker, cyclist, or relaxing observer. The walkway weaves its way on and off the shoreline, often floating on the water. Really cool place!
  • Very nice viewpoint of the city. Some people jump in and freshen up from the scorching sun. Not me. Also the paved trail leads to the steel bridge and keep going to other Portland landmarks.
  • I really love this park because it's beautiful in the summer time so I'm always down there in the summer and its the best place to find me
  • Great place to go for a run or walk. Smells nasty in the summer at times and you should watch out for needles left on the ground. Even still it's one of my favorite places to get out for a few miles.
  • The Esplanade is beautiful at night. Seeing the lights on the water is aesthetic & there are benches to watch for as long as you want. And love locks along the way. There are some homeless in the area & darker spots, but it's a nice break from the West side Waterfront Park.

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