hap Work

MAKING WAVES AND BEACHES

As river advocates who like to get things done, we’ve often made waves at City Hall and elsewhere – asking questions, attending meetings, forming relationships, and building support for human access to and safe usage of our river.

 


HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR WORK

Poetʼs Beach

poetʼS beach

In 2014, HAP helped forge a path to a semihidden sandy beach under the Marquam Bridge nicknamed Poet’s Beach. It is now Portland’s first official beach, and is the launch point for The Big Float. Stones along the path are engraved with children’s poems from the Honoring Our Rivers anthology, and native Chinook words from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Audrey McCall beach

audrey McCall beach

Located on the east bank of the Willamette near Hawthorne Bridge, this beach in the making has been a work in progress for many years. HAP has to date removed 50 yards of concrete, glass, and debris during six individual cleanup events at this beach. We have recently completed permits to create a swimming area and are paying for lifeguards from our own budget.

Tom McCall bowl beach

Tom McCall bowl beach

Over the past few years, we have “UnRocked the Bowl” to create a beach area at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. We will continue to do so every summer so Portland has a city beach to use. Numerous volunteers join us every year in this “unrockin’” community effort.

Ross Island algae bloom

Ross Island algae bloom

Currently HAP is focused on solving the algae bloom at Ross Island lagoon. It’s a significant issue that will impact our usage of the river for years to come. Thanks to all who are working on this with us!

Beach cleanup events

Beach cleanup events

We will continue to remove concrete, debris, and trash from the banks of the river. Our Portland Beach Bash & Cleanup happens the morning of The Big Float every year. We take care of three downtown beaches and volunteers get into TBF for free.

On the horizon

On the horizon

Future efforts will include advocacy and support for docks, beach enhancement, swimming safety, outreach, and education.