- Eastbank Esplanade
The Eastbank Esplanade (officially Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade) is a pedestrian and bicycle path along the east shore of the
Willamette Riverin Portland, Oregon, United States.cite web
title = Eastbank Esplanade
publisher = City of Portland
date = 2008
url = http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?PropertyID=105&action=ViewPark
accessdate = 2008-04-07] Running through the Kerns, Buckman, and Hosford-Abernethy neighborhoods, it was conceived as an
urban renewalproject to rebuild the Interstate 5bicycle bypass washed out by the Willamette Valley Flood of 1996. It was renamed for former Portland mayor Vera Katzin November 2004 and features a statue of her near the Hawthorne Bridge.
The project, designed by landscape architects Mayer/Reed, cost $30 million, [cite news
title=$30M pedestrian walkway project opens Friday
work= Daily Journal of Commerce
May 24, 2001
accessdate = 2008-04-07
url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=NewsLibrary&p_multi=PJCB&d_place=PJCB&p_theme=newslibrary2&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=10A521DB52EEA282&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM] of which $10 million was spent to build a lower deck on the
Steel Bridge. Construction began in October 1998, and the walkway was dedicated in May 2001.
The esplanade extends convert|1.5|mi|km from the Steel Bridge to the
Hawthorne Bridge. The south end connects to the Springwater Corridor, a rail trailthat runs south to Sellwood, then east to Gresham, then south to Boring. The esplanadeincludes a convert|1200|ft|m|adj=on floating walkway, the longest of its kind in the United States. Connected to this is a convert|120|ft|m|adj=on public dock. Thirteen markers along the esplanade correspond to the eastside street grid.
* [http://www.pdc.us/ura/central_eastside/eastbank.asp Portland Development Commission Eastbank Esplanade site]
* [http://www.asla.org/awards/2004/04winners/entry208.html American Society of Landscape Architects, 2004 Design Award of Merit]
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