Embrace your river

The Willamette River belongs to all of us. It’s time for us to collectively reclaim it. To improve its health, provide better access, and transform downtown Portland and the inner-eastside for generations to come.


That’s what the Human Access Project (HAP) is all about. Join the riverlution!


Create a human habitat

Let’s face it, even if you wanted to swim in the Willamette River in downtown Portland, how would you do it? There's no easy way to get into the water. Frankly, that’s crazy. Here we have a natural treasure running through the heart of our city and no easy way to enjoy it.      


It’s like this:  if you want birds to come into your yard, you put up a bird feeder and plant trees to create a bird-friendly habitat. The same is true for humans and the river. If we want to make it easy for people to swim and recreate in the Willamette we need to create better access and a more inviting environment.


That is the path we are on. Follow us!

Get into your river! HAP/s Vision, Mission and Objectives

Vision:  A city in love with its river


Mission: Transform Portland’s relationship with the Willamette River




1.    Create more human accessibility points to the Willamette River.


2.    Inspire Portlanders to get into the Willamette River.


3.    Facilitate stewardship of the Willamette River and Watershed.