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Eastbank Esplanade, Portland

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Historic Walking Area · Tourist Spot
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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  • 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 »
  • 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...  more »
  • We've been traveling all over the US the last 12 months. Portland has the best overall biking lanes by far. What a great model for the rest of our cities!
  • Nice area to walk or ride a bicycle. Most of all, it has beautiful views and it's a lovely spot to take photos of the city's skyline, particularly at night. The area can seem a bit dangerous alone, because at night it's not very well lit. Overall cool area

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