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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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  • With half a day to spare before meeting friends, this walk was a jewel. I don't live near a river, so just strolling along taking in the views was enjoyable. Walking across the Steel Bridge was a neat...  more »
  • The eastbank esplanade runs north from OMSI (a good place to park) to several bridges north. You can walk or run or bike and access any of the bridges by stairs. A great place to see the wonderful por...  more »
  • This is a nice place to walk or ride a bike on a warm day. In the winter it's cold with the wind. There are lots of views to take pictures along the way.  more »
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  • Amazing view of the Portland Downtown, especially at night . Good location for long exposure shots . Panoramic view of the city . A Quite place at night . Nice running
  • Go in the morning, great view. Very sketchy at night so might want to stay away after dark.
  • The docks are good places for sunbathi g
  • And then running before the Sunrise, while downtown on the other side I took in the background.
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